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Get more than bargains on Shop Local Saturday

Shop locally Small Business Saturday highlights small businesses
Lillian Steele | 25 November, 2017, 01:16

While the world of retail seems to be moving more and more on-line, consumers are encouraged to shop local at brick and mortar stores this Saturday Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday.

Almost 30 small businesses in Georgetown have signed up to participate Saturday, offering discounts and freebies to shoppers.

In the past few years, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have been followed by another designated day: Cyber Monday, when the Internet surges with online shoppers.

Small businesses make up our local economy - the restaurants, specialty shops, markets, galleries, and boutiques - and the folks who own them are the faces of these small towns of ours that most visitors to this area become familiar with first.

With Black Friday in the rear view mirror, mom and pop shops around the country are getting ready for Small Business Saturday. The contest was held on just Saturday past year and it created an economic impact of $60,000 with participation from 220 businesses, according to the county's website. Starting in 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated as 'Small Business Saturday'.

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce has helped promote Small Business Saturday since 2014.

"Independent, local small businesses contribute greatly to the local economy and generate tax revenues for sales tax, and their revenues are more likely to stay local", Hunter said.

Almost 99 percent of all employers in the state are small businesses, which vitally influences the local economy.

That's why they get their own day to draw in shoppers.

He also encouraged people to dine at small businesses when they are finished shopping and to meet one-on-one with the businesses that make a community special. "It takes away from our community, because that sales tax is going to another community". When it comes to gift shopping, nothing says family and community better than the small local business.

With all due respect to the big-box stores, as well as to the seductive lure of finding a bargain online, there's much to be said for investing your shopping dollars at a local establishment or a Mom-and-Pop operation.

Shopping local also had a indirect impact on the on other business when retailer are customers of local printers, accountants, attorneys and other retailers, she said.

Downtown Tipp City and the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce partnered to buy $200 in gift cards for Saturday.

This year, there are dozens of small businesses participating so far.

There will be opportunities to win prizes from local businesses as well as an opportunity to enter into a drawing to win 1-thousand dollars from local sponsors.

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