San Diego County celebrates Small Business Saturday

San Diego County celebrates Small Business Saturday
Were all local here and we really need to focus on getting the money in our city
EUGENE, Ore. – With Black Friday coming to a close, there are high hopes another annual shopping tradition will prompt consumers to shop local stores this weekend.

Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving encourages people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small local businesses.

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It was started by credit card company American Express in 2010, and has gained momentum across the nation.

“Those dollars go right back into our community right here in Eugene, and so to support local families, its huge is what we are, its what you are, said Andrew Agerter, with Eugene Toy and Hobby. Were all local here and we really need to focus on getting the money in our city here.”

-Buy $20 in gift cards, receive $5 free; for every purchase of $20 in gift cards, you get to enter a drawing for a PEGGS gift basket

The city of Eugene is offering free parking at garages and on-street spaces in the downtown area tomorrow in support of small business Saturday.

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Video: Local Stores Open For Small Business Saturday

WICHITA, Kan. The post-Thanksgiving holiday rush brings several opportunities for deal seekers, starting with Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Also thrown in the mix, but not as well known is Museum Store Sunday.

As shoppers work to check off their lists, Wichita shop owners want to take them away form their computers and into their stores.

By 2017, more than 7,200 businesses and organizations signed on to support Small Business Saturday. Since the event started, U.S. customers have reported spending an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants, including over $85 billion over eight days alone.

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Multiple stores, restaurants, breweries and others are banding together this weekend to encourage shoppers to check out stores across town including in the Douglas Design District, Old Town, Downtown, and the Delano District.

On Small Business Saturday, businesses are starting the “Shop Local Passport” through Visit Wichita.

Oh my gosh, yes, its our biggest day of the year, said Kara Manuel, co-owner of Lillians of Appleton, a downtown Appleton womens clothing store. Its because of the emphasis on shopping small. Appleton is very big on that. People have gotten the point. They reserve Saturday to hit all the locals.

Through this effort, shoppers who visit enough of the listed locations in a two-week period can win prizes.

Video: Business owners looking forward to Small Business Saturday sales

“Small businesses have to stick together, theres no way we can compete financially with the huge companies,” Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe says.

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“We all know the attractiveness of shopping online. Its easy, but it is really important to support our local organizations, museums included,” Museum of World Treasures CEO Mike Noller says.

If youd like to check all the businesses participating in Visit Wichitas “Shop Small Passport,” you can do so at the Visit Wichita website.


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