Local stores are preparing for Small Business Saturday

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Not only was there an influx in consumers, but there was in influx in neighborhood champions as well. These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: getting more customers.

"As time marches on and we get closer, stores get a little bit more nervous about having inventory left on the shelves, and they're going to want to move it", Regine said. A Micro R/C truck retails at Exeter Hobbies for $59.99 while a tiny Bumblebee drone is sold at $64.99.

Grace Shore, CEO of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, said Small Business Saturday has grown in popularity locally as businesses promote it in stores and on social media.

Forty-three percent or 71 million are expected to shop on Saturday, with 76 percent doing so to specifically to support small business.

A Shop Small hospitality booth will be set up in Pineapple Grove by the Banyan tree in front of Addison Gallery (206 Ne 2nd Street, Delray Beach) from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m.to 4 p.m.in front of Hands Office & Art Supply (325 E. Atlantic Ave.).

One common theme within the small business community is support, especially through Montana made products. Great customer service is important to local shops because that's one way they really can shine in the matchup with large retailers and online merchants. Valley View and New River Valley malls, for example, are hosting a Black Friday Bash with DJs, selfie stations and hourly prize giveaways beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.

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For shoppers who will be out of town this weekend, Wilson Community College Small Business Director Melissa Evans says not to fret because the Small Business Rocks campaign will go through the end of the year. Also Cotton Tails Children's Boutique is rewarding customers with a $15 gift card for purchases of $100 or more.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our community".

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses, O'Brien has issued a Small Business Saturday proclamation declaring the special observance in West Haven. "Most customers accept what they get because of the hassle of sending something back when you ordered it online". Use #ShopSmall to search for information or to share plans with your friends. I have worked with other businesses on 5th Avenue and elsewhere to make sure people know there are fun things to find all over town.

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