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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:09 am

Black Friday” with savings and special bargains does get a lot of attention. That was one of the reasons American Express created the idea of Small Business Saturday (also called Shop Small Saturday).

Despite the fact they are a major corporation, they know the importance of small business to the overall U.S. economy and especially to individual communities/neighborhoods.

In designating the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is November 24th this year, the success of the effort continues to grow. According to their website, “By 2017, there were more than 7,200 Neigh-borhood Champions across all 50 states. They're not alone. Beginning in 2011, 

business associations, nonprofit trade groups, municipalities, and public officials started to unite by forming a Small Business Saturday Coalition, encouraging everyone to Shop Small.

And nearly 100 

corporations lend their official support to the movement.”

In addition to stores, our farmers markets carry local goods and products. If you haven’t booked tickets for a performance at the Seminole Theatre yet, the box office will be open or you can book on line. Art on display there is also for sale. There are multiple stops along the Redland Tropical Trail to patronize (http://redlandtrail.com), and by Saturday you should be either done with turkey leftovers or ready for a break. Have a meal at a family-owned restaurant and if you happen to dine at Capri Restaurant, Chefs on the Run, or the City Hall Bistro in the Hotel Redland, local artists are on display.

Think of area musicians and bands you enjoy and check their websites or other social media platforms to buy their CDs.

If “more stuff” isn’t needed, consider gift certificates for something like a salon visit or massage.

No matter what the choice is, when it comes to the impact within our communities and nationally, “Shop Small” is big.

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