Small Business Saturday: We all have an important role to play

Published 9:19 pm Thursday, November 21, 2019

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To the Editor:

In the United States, an average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business stays in that local community and small businesses employ 47.3 percent of the employees in the private sector. That means shopping small could help bring things like better schools, smoother roads, and new jobs to neighborhoods across the country.

This year’s event marks the 10th anniversary of the Small Business Saturday program, with Franklin Southampton participating locally for six years in a row. Since the beginning of Small Business Saturday, consumers have spent a collected $103 billion on the event day alone. That’s $103 billion, helping communities thrive, which allows small businesses and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.

Franklin Southampton Economic Development exists to help provide a meaningful future for the families and residents of Franklin and Southampton. The staff is proud to identify as a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion, advocating and supporting the prosperous small business community.

It is second nature to think about shopping during the holiday season, but FSEDI staff would like to encourage residents and visitors alike to think of purchasing from a local store over a national online retailer as an economic investment in our community. More money spent in the local economy accounts for community programs funded by the tax base, and an overall improved quality of life. Choose to #shopsmallFS for as much service and retail goods as much as possible.

Jay Brenchick