Downtown Paris to participate in Small Business Saturday

Downtown Paris to participate in Small Business Saturday

Downtown Paris to participate in Small Business Saturday

Local stores in Cherry Creek North are offering 20 to 25 percent off shoppers' entire purchases as an incentive to get people to stay out of big chain stores on Black Friday and instead shop on Small Business Saturday.

That's the simple logic behind Small Business Saturday, slated this year for November 25 - the day after its better-known sibling, Black Friday.

On the biggest shopping weekends of the year, an estimated 164 million Americans plan to do at least a little holiday buying, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. In addition, more than 60 percent of consumers state the main reason they support small businesses is due to their contributions to the local community. Owners of small businesses also contribute to community life in a number of ways, including support for local nonprofits. "We're actually the center space for supporting small businesses", said Zakari, who opened her store in Selden Market in October.

In it's eighth year, Small business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

According to the U.S. Small Business Association's Office of Advocacy, there are more than 900,000 small businesses in operation across the state of OH - about 99.6 percent of all OH businesses.

There are more than 2 million small businesses in operation across NY, which make up 99 percent of all the businesses, according to AMEX.

As the promotion has grown, and with many continuing to patronize local shops throughout the holiday shopping season, local leaders are urging the public to leave the comfort of the couch and patronize their neighbors' shops. "And they're trying to promote that as a tourist destination along with the other byways that the state has as well", said Fleming.

"There are going to be a lot of Black Friday sales here, too", Skaare said. Among returning features like free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa Saturdays, visitors throughout the next month will be able to take advantage of many new features, such as a Teddy bear room and a wrapped mystery gift room that raises money for the United Way. And when buying a gift for someone that is truly special, one needs to see it, touch it, connect with it in a way that one can not while staring at a computer screen.

In downtown Tyler, over a dozen businesses and institutions, such as 903 Handmade, also will aim to provide patrons with unique shopping experiences. This Saturday and throughout the holiday season, local businesses are stocked with one-of-a-kind finds that will have those on your shopping list buzzing long after the packages are open. "We are proud to act as an incubator for startup brands and small businesses by providing them the space and tools they need to flourish within the park and our community".

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