HUBBARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Small business owners want consumers to think about skipping the lines at the mall on Saturday and instead check out a local business.
“Just remember all these little places when you go by. Just stop, even once or twice a year. Just stop and see what we have that is new,” said Hubbard small business owner Diana Shipton.
The annual Small Business Saturday event started in 2010. It is promoted by the Better Business Bureau and American Express.
“There has been so much focus on large corporations and the discounts they offer. But we don’t want to forget about the small businesses within our community,” Better Business Bureau public relations coordinator Melissa Ames said.
The Better Business Bureau said small shops are an important part of the local economy.
“Especially this time of year, you want to support your local business that keep our community strong,” Ames said.
Small businesses employ more than half of the American workforce.
“You want little shops to hang around. It’s little, local places that are the ones who really support the community,” Shipton said. “You go through all these towns and you see so many buildings and half of them are empty. So just stop once in a while and see what we have. You might be pleasantly surprised.”
To find out which businesses are taking part in Small Business Saturday, click here.