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Stores in Third Ward gear up for Small Business Saturday

25 November 2017, 01:16 | Myrtle Vega

Small Business Saturday highlights small businesses

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"Small Business Saturday provides people an opportunity to discover and celebrate the variety of small businesses that make their communities thrive", said Elizabeth Rutledge, executive vice president of global advertising & brand management at American Express, according to a news release. They employ your sons and daughters for their first jobs, and they know your name when you walk in the door. Bob Jacobson, the owner of Sweet and Saucy, says it's always a big day for them. Whatever you're looking for is most likely available locally.

"If you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy", Hill said.

A passport will be inside the bag with store logos and deals for the day.

Small businesses, like the rest of the retail industry, anticipate a healthy holiday shopping season.

That's why they get their own day to draw in shoppers. So don't forget, after the Black Friday frenzy, make sure to stop by some of your neighborhood businesses.

Money that is spent locally is re-spent locally. "We have hundreds of small businesses that offer things that you can not find anywhere else".

Karma Boutique in Downtown Rapid City has been open for six years now and the operations manager says more and more people are shopping local.

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According to the Institute for Self-Reliance, locally owned businesses nationwide donated roughly $4,000 per $1 million in sales, while a mega-business like Wal-Mart donated just $1,000 per $1 million in sales.

The survey also looked at what people enjoy the most about shopping this weekend. Over thirty shops, studios, galleries and restaurants, all housed in 1920s colorful cottages will hold a small business event from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m Saturday.

"It really is an experience when you come to Sweet Gourmet", she said.

"If I can help them out with some of my Christmas shopping that's what I like to do", Thomas said.

"They have thought that, as long as they are going to be around this area, why not just go into business for themselves instead of working for somebody else", Venable said. "We have unique specialty food, gifts and items and we have good old-fashioned customer service".

Louise Rogers has been doing the local business thing for 40 years now - providing the kind of service and items that the big box stores can't. At that time, the West Reading Community Revitalization Program is teaming up with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to hand out free shopping bags and other "swag" to shoppers, Ratcliffe said.

"We need to say thank you to these guys who took a risk on our community", she said. It's a classic example of a happy symbiosis. They are the local sponsors of the local news you receive every week.

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