CHICAGO – With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off this weekend, state Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, is encouraging local residents to support community owned small businesses on Small Business Saturday this Saturday, Nov. 25.
“As we begin to buy gifts for our loved ones this holiday season, it’s important to remember the role locally owned small businesses play in our community,” Tabares said. “When you support small businesses, you’re helping create more wealth and jobs in our community as local dollars stay here at home rather than in the offshore accounts of multinational corporations.”
Small Business Saturday was first established in 2010, as an annual event to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. Small Business Saturday succeeds Black Friday, and calls on community members 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 Tabares is encouraging residents to shop locally. Tabares is working to provide small business owners the opportunity to compete with powerful, multi-billion dollar corporations in promoting their businesses and ensuring that local dollars remain in the community.
“This year, local small businesses were hit heavily by the ill-advised Cook County beverage tax,” Tabares said. “Ensuring small businesses can succeed is one of my top priorities, so I ask community members to join me and shop local this holiday shopping weekend and throughout this holiday season so that we can help our community thrive and lift up our working families.”