Can you believe that it’s almost Christmas? It seems like this year has flown by! The official holiday shopping season starts soon and there are a couple of “big” shopping days. One of those days is near and dear to our hearts. It’s Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019.
And I know what you are thinking, what’s the big deal about Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to draw attention to small businesses during the busy Thanksgiving shopping weekend. The impact you have on your community by shopping small is outstanding. By shopping locally you strengthen your economy, create better jobs, get better service, and help keep your local community unique.
As an integral part of the community, local businesses see the value of supporting local schools, libraries, sports and non-profit organizations. They are more likely to donate time and money to support local education and enrichment. Small businesses are often manned by their owners or by residents. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for your neighbors. These combined financial contributions help to strengthen the local economy.
Small businesses are able to give better service since they work to serve the local community. The people working at these businesses are a part of the community and get to know their customers and their products. They are able to make buying decisions and carry a wider array of products based on input from customers.
Where we shop, eat and play makes our community unique. Our one-of a kind businesses are a part of the distinct character of Hinton. Our town is one of a few across the U.S. that still boasts of a soda fountain, and locally owned restaurants and stores with an Appalachian flare and hospitality. When you shop local, you support your community and ensure these special businesses will be around for future generations to enjoy.
When you shop small, you make a big difference.