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Retailers large and small prepare for holiday onslaught

22 November 2017

Downtown Roanoke retailer Eli's Provisions, which sells beer, wine, meat, cheese and other Virginia-made goods, is hosting beer releases and wine tastings in addition to special deals on Friday and Saturday to encourage customers to come through the door.

Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to learn how to secure loans from top lenders for their business or new ventures November 29, from 9 a.m.to 12 p.m.

Small Business Saturday® has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. Nationwide, small businesses account for 55 percent of all jobs in our economy and have provided 66 percent of all new jobs in the USA since the 1970s. More than 112 million people shopped on Small Business Saturday a year ago, with total spending reaching an estimated $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants.

My mom has taken that mentality to heart with her shopping list centered around small businesses.

"I am once again proud to acknowledge the many quality and vital small businesses in every corner of our city and the invaluable contributions they make to our economy and the life of our community", said O'Brien, a former downtown merchant.

Shoppers are wising up to Small Business Saturday.

And don't forget to stop for a bite to eat at any locally owned and operated restaurant, coffeehouse, café or diner.

You'll support your own community, create local jobs for your neighbors, and you won't be in an over-lit impersonal superstore or fighting crowds at the mall (though there are often independent retailers at some local malls). Even just by interacting with locals on a daily basis can help young owners get a grasp of opening a new business in the Antigo area. "As shoppers visit each business they receive a stamp in their passport". "Small businesses make the town unique and we need them".

"I'm always meeting new and interesting people, which helps me to keep my shop evolving", Goldthwait said.

"Small businesses are the engine of our national economy".

Amber Wilson, the president and CEO of the Lompoc Chamber, said she was looking forward to the event.

"Here, customers can see a lot of Montana work and meet the artists and know that the painting they just bought isn't mass produced", said Toot.

Scott's Small Business Saturday event is scheduled for this Saturday located at Leona Sue's Florist 1013 Old Spanish Trail Scott, La from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m.

► A whopping 90% of all survey respondents feel it's important to support the small businesses in their communities. They appreciate your business as well.

Retailers large and small prepare for holiday onslaught