It’s the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and small businesses across the Yellowhammer State are prepping for Small Business Saturday — a day designed to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact it has on local communities.
According to the American Independent Business Alliance, every dollar spent at independent businesses returns three times more money to the local economy than one dollar spent at a chain, and almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer.
“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for Alabamians to support local businesses on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving,” said Governor Kay Ivey upon signing a proclamation marking Nov. 25 Small Business Saturday in Alabama. “Small businesses have long been recognized as the economic engine for job growth, economic stability and preserving neighborhoods across Alabama and the nation.”
Ivey continued, “Small Business Saturday shopping continues to increase each year and is achieving the goal of showcasing the importance of Main Street businesses to the local community. Please join me and other Alabamians in shopping on Small Business Saturday.”
Rosemary Elebash, State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business and chair of the Alabama Small Business Commission, said the day gives Alabamians a “chance to show their appreciation to Alabama’s essential job creators.”
“Embracing Small Business Saturday gives Alabamians a chance to show their appreciation to Alabama’s essential job creators by shopping in their local communities, eating at their restaurants and using locally owned service businesses,” said Elebash.
“When you shop on Main Street, most of the money stays in the local community. We’re extremely pleased by the success of Small Business Saturday, but we’re more excited by the growing commitment among Alabamians to give small businesses a chance to compete all year round.”
2017 marks the 7th anniversary of Small Business Saturday in Alabama.