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'Shop Small' this Saturday


Fri, Nov 24th 2017 07:00 am
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon calls on Americans to shop local small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 25
Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is reminding Americans that shopping on Small Business Saturday supports America's thriving small businesses.
"Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses and creating jobs in communities all across America," she said. "Shopping small this Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Americans to support their local community businesses and promote growth and vitality to America's booming economy during this holiday season and throughout the coming year."
This year marks the eighth Small Business Saturday, an annual celebration of America's small business community. Last year on Small Business Saturday, an estimated 112 million Americans spent a combined $15.4 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants.
"Small businesses are the engine of our national economy. We now have in the United States about 30 million small businesses. About half of all American workers are either employed by a small business or own a small business. And two out of three new jobs are created by small business. Those are pretty powerful and compelling statistics," McMahon said. "One of my goals in leading the U.S. Small Business Administration is to revitalize a sense of entrepreneurship in America. We want entrepreneurs to feel confident taking a risk on starting or expanding their small businesses. Everyone wants businesses to grow and for people to be employed. Shopping small on Nov. 25 supports these men and women who create the foundation for strong, successful small businesses."
For more Small Business Saturday details, visit https://www.sba.gov/saturday.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster is encouraging residents to participate in "Small Business Saturday" on Nov. 25. More than 60 businesses from every neighborhood of the city will participate in the nationwide event.
Dyster said, "With an exciting and ever-growing list of locally owned businesses throughout the City of Niagara Falls, the decision to shop local is now easier than ever. Studies show that your decision to do so has and will continue to have a profound effect by not only impacting the local economy, but by helping to reinvest in the very success of our local restaurants and retailers. Once again, we ask you to please consider supporting small businesses here in the City of Niagara Falls not only on Small Business Saturday, but every day."
A number of businesses are offering "Small Business Saturday" specials, a complete list can be found: http://www.fallsbiz.com/small-business-saturday-november-25-2017/ or at https://www.facebook.com/fallsbiz
Shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtag #shopnf and #shopsmall to spread the word to their friends and contacts on social media.
From noon until 1 pm on Saturday, residents and shoppers are also invited to take part in a "Cash Mob" at DiCamillo Bakery, House of Fantasy Games & Comics, Latina's, Expressions, The Pet Shop Store and more, all located in Garibaldi Square, 1700 Pine Ave. A cash mob happy hour is set to follow later in the evening at Wilbur's located at 504 Cayuga Drive.

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