ENC Entrepreneurs are asking residents to shop local this Small Business Saturday

With Small Business Saturday this weekend, local small business owners want residents to know that local shopping matters.

With Small Business Saturday this weekend, local small business owners want residents to know that local shopping matters.

Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, falling on November 26 this year, and is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 and officially co-sponsored by the SBA since 2011.

Historically, the 2021 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, commissioned by American Express and cited on the SBA website, reported that expected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturdays reached about 23.3 billion dollars.

The owner of Jacksonville’s The Grazing Tray, Samantha Prevatte, said local businesses pour into the local economy and are the foundation of the local community. She added that local small businesses are the ones that will not only donate during a giving season, but continue to donate throughout the year to local teams and organizations.

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