Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities. They’re the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. The drug stores and pharmacies that always have what we need when we need it. They’re the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, our neighborhood.
The Shop Small Movement inspires people to do business with these smaller enterprises and to give back to the places that have given so much to their communities.
Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s reported that U.S. customers have spent a total of $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturdays since inception — that’s $85 billion over the course of eight days alone.
At the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, small businesses are the heart and soul of our membership. Eighty-four percent of our member organizations employ less than 50 people. Seventy-four percent employ less than 25. Small business is a driving force in the Shelby County economy.
This year, Small Business Saturday is celebrated on Nov. 24. Please join me in thanking our local businesses by SHOPPING SMALL. These establishments are the life blood of our community and woven into the very fabric of Shelby County. Please support them, not only on Small Business Saturday, but all year long.
The writer is the president of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.