Black Friday marks the start of holiday shopping, with chains and mega-stores offering huge discounts; however, Small Business Saturday does more for the community than a trip to Walmart. As consumers, we vote with our dollars.
When we patronize local businesses, our money goes back to the community itself. Plus, small businesses often source their services and purchases locally, too. By supporting local stores, we really are helping our local economy to flourish. According to a study produced by Civic Economics in Salt Lake City, local retailers return 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy. That’s opposed to big-box chains’ 14-percent return. This money helps the community we live in to stay unique and thriving.
Plus, purchasing goods from local businesses means more jobs here at home.Keeping your shopping to local independent stores often saves you a trip across town, which also means less environmental waste and less money spent on gas. FORTUNATELY, THERE ARE PLENTY OF HUDSON VALLEY SHOPS FOR ALL YOUR GIFTING NEEDS. You can find almost anything in the bounty of retailers for half the trouble and far less crowds.