City Celebrates Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Small Business Saturday

As shoppers pack big-box stores this weekend looking for Black Friday discounts and doorbuster deals, small business owners in one West Palm Beach neighborhood are hoping to snag their slice of the Thanksgiving shopping rush by offering their own promotions and flash sales. There were over 6,700 neighborhood champions who organized events and activities to rally their neighborhoods last year, which was a 63 percent increase from the year prior. SCHEA Executive Director Donna Meola pointed out that 25 local businesses will be taking part this year.

According to the NRF, 56% of Americans have already started their holiday shopping.

"This year, we updated our survey to more accurately capture consumer behavior throughout the entire shopping weekend - Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday", NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in the release.

"We feel supporting other small businesses is essential because we know the sacrifices made by families to see their dreams come true", Davis said.

If your storefront participates in Small Business Saturday, you'll be opening your doors to the public with an open house.

Mrs. Aucter said the chamber has received bags, floor maps, balloons and other promotional items that may be distributed to participating businesses in Small Business Saturday. From 11:30 2:30 p.m. on November 25, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce is offering free carriage rides on N. E St. throughout downtown Exeter.

She says the experience you receive at a smaller store doesn't compare to shopping at the bigger corporations. Social media can be incredibly helpful to us as well. "Beyond visiting their favorite go-to spots, shoppers say Small Business Saturday inspires them to visit places they have not been to before and would not have otherwise tried".

Hellebuyck said he thought the Warren location would do small lawn mowers and handheld weed whips when it opened, but it has blossomed into mostly commercial business. Also Cotton Tails Children's Boutique is rewarding customers with a $15 gift card for purchases of $100 or more.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses, O'Brien has issued a Small Business Saturday proclamation declaring the special observance in West Haven.

The Plainfield small businesses have been supported in this year's endeavor by the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Many of them will post information here first. Let's all visit our local small business shops this year and make those numbers even bigger - for so many good reasons.



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