Join us in this opportunity to support and celebrate our neighborhood retailers and restaurants. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has become a critical day on the calendar for more than 28 million small businesses to grow their customer base.
Small businesses make lasting impact in our communities:
- They raise your property values. Lively, vibrant neighborhood shopping streets are considered an advantage when selling a home.
- They strengthen your community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in your town, go to your church or synagogue, donate to local animal shelters and coach Little League teams. When you spend money in their stores and cafes, you support your neighbors.
- They create jobs. Local businesses create local jobs. Often, these are jobs that pay better than those at chain stores.
- They raise the tax base of your community. When you shop local, the bulk of the money you spend and most of your taxes stay in your community. For every $100 you spend in a local small business, $68 stays in your community, for every $100 you spend at a local branch of a chain store, $43 remains.
In addition to strengthening your community, you will:
- Find unique jewelry, accessories and other gifts not available in the big retail stores.
- Get pampered. Many local shops offer gift wrapping and the personal touches that are lost in some of the major retailers.
- Find great books and meet your favorite authors. Support from the country’s most popular writers has helped make this the busiest day of the year for many independent bookstores. Authors volunteer in bookstores signing books, giving recommendations, and even ringing up sales at the cash register.
AMAC urges you to support your local, independent businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.