ENC business owners 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 shopping local matters.

Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this year falling on November 26, 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 Survey, commissioned by American Express and cited on the SBA website, reports that projected spending among U.S. consumers shopping at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturdays is reached approximately $23.3 billion.

The owner of The Grazing Tray in Jacksonville, Samantha Prevatt, said local businesses feed into the local economy and are the backbone of the local community. She added that local small businesses are the ones who will not only give during the donation season, but will continue to give throughout the year to local teams and organizations.

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