November 24, 2017 1:00am
#ShopSmall Businesses on Saturday, November 25th
(Louisville, KY) – Greater Louisville Inc. is once again encouraging shoppers to spend some of their holiday dollars locally during Small Business Saturday. Hundreds of vibrant small businesses across the Greater Louisville region will participate in the annual event this coming Saturday, November 25th.
“One of the things that makes the Greater Louisville region so unique is our locally operated small business community. They benefit from the national Small Business Saturday movement. It is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the significance of supporting our local small businesses, the core of our regional economy,” GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler said.
The event, held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is a way to show support for small, independently owned and operated businesses across the country. Small Business Saturday has become a fixture of the frenzied holiday shopping season. It launched in 2010 and was recognized by the U.S. Senate in 2011. Last year’s Small Business Saturday saw record participation with 112 Million consumers shopping and dining at 6,700 participating businesses, a 63 percent increase year-over-year, according to American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Shopping locally is proven to boost regional economic engines. According to the non-profit American Independent Business Alliance, for every $100 spent at a local store, $48 stays within the community.
People who decide to shop at a small business on Saturday, November 25th, are encouraged to post on social media using #ShopSmall to promote their favorite local businesses.