Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.
American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Salem.
"It's what keeps money in town," Pat Hargreaves, owner of Pat's Key 'N Lock in Salem, said of small business locally. "Small businesses were what this town was made up of...We've seen a lot of major corporations go out of business, but many of the 'mom and pop' stores have stayed and kept it flowing."
Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.
You can find a list of Salem businesses taking part in Small Business Saturday by going here and entering Salem's zip code.
You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.
Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.
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