SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill – With the holiday season around the corner, state Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is encouraging local residents to celebrate and support locally owned, small businesses on Small Business Saturday this Nov. 25.
“Large corporations concentrate their profits in the hands of a few and send jobs overseas while small businesses reinvest in our community,” Jones said. “It is important we support our neighbors and the economy we live in by shopping at locally-owned shops.”
First established in 2010, Small Business Saturday is an annual event to encourage holiday shoppers to visit and buy from independent establishments. Small Business Saturday follows the day after 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 Jones is encouraging residents to shop locally rather than supporting large businesses that take money out of the area.
“Independent businesses create jobs that directly impact the well-being of our area,” Jones said. “I look forward to shopping this Small Business Saturday, and I encourage residents to do the same.”