ROMEOVILLE, Ill – With the holiday season around the corner, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is encouraging local residents to celebrate and support locally owned, small businesses on Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 25 this year.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our community, and they need our support especially during the holiday season,” said Connor. “My family and I have made a commitment to do a portion of our holiday shopping at locally owned small businesses that give back to our communities, hire local workers and stimulate the regional economy.”
Connor wants to provide small business owners the opportunity to compete with multi-billion dollar corporations in promoting their businesses and ensuring that local dollars remain in the community.
First established in 2010, Small Business Saturday is an annual event to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. Small Business Saturday succeeds Black Friday, and calls on residents to support these businesses through the course of their holiday shopping. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, every dollar spent at a small business can bring $3.50 into the local economy, which is why Connor encouraging residents to shop locally.
“It’s so easy to turn to online shopping or big box stores at this time of year,” Connor added. “Small Business Saturday is a reminder that we have great shops and businesses right here in our communities that need our support and investment. I encourage everyone to do what they can to support the businesses right here in our own towns.”