As residents recover from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, local businesses are gearing up for Small Business Saturday.
The “shop local” movement was first assembled several years ago by American Express to remind people nationally of the great products local businesses have to offer. Buying locally can be a big boost to the economy and can help the community in several ways.
Joelle Conors with Small Business Development said every dollars that is spent locally, stays local.
“It goes to support things such as our local police and fire. It goes to support things such as repairing those roads in the spring after the winter,” he said. “It goes to supporting our local tax base. It goes to just providing you with a great community to live in. All of the dollars stay local.”
Business owners said they are excited to be in the spotlight for all the hard work they’ve put into their small business.
“These small businesses are vital to the actual economy of places like Wheeling,” said Elizabeth Vdovjak, owner of Centre Market Bakery in Wheeling. “There’s a huge number of small businesses in this area. We provide excellent quality services and goods, and we love interacting with people and we like being part of the community here.”
Small Business Saturday doesn’t just support businesses, but local artists as well. From painting to pottery, to jewlery, locjewelrysts are ready to put their work on display, willing to sell for a great price.
“It is local work. Local art,” said Gregory Siegwart, a local artist. “Makes fantastic gifts, and just great for the community all the way around.”
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29.