Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.
American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Chatham.
Doris Crater, owner of d.j. crater in Chatham Borough, said shopping locally supports the community in more ways than one.
"When local churches or groups want to raise money for a cause, they don't go to the big businesses and ask for a basket. They come to us," Crater said. The funds consumers spend at Chatham's small businesses goes back into the local economy in rents, taxes and charitable contributions, right here at home.
Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.
This year, some of the stores participating are:
- Colony Cleaners
- Kitchen Intuitions
- d.j. crater
- Chatham Day School
You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.
Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.
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