DECATUR, Ill. – With the holiday shopping season officially kicking off this weekend, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging local residents to support community-owned small businesses on Small Business Saturday this Saturday, Nov. 25.
“Small business owners are our friends, family members and neighbors, and they are also the backbone of our local economy,” said Scherer. “On Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season, I encourage area residents to join me in supporting Illinois workers by shopping locally and prioritizing Illinois- and US-made goods.”
Small Business Saturday was established in 2010 as an annual event to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize small, local businesses. Small Business Saturday follows 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 Scherer is encouraging residents to shop locally.
“It’s important to me that our tax dollars are used to spur economic growth and create jobs here in central Illinois,” said Scherer. “As shoppers begin their holiday gift-buying, I ask them to join me in helping small businesses succeed and our community thrive.”