SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help boost the local economy and support Southern Illinois’ small business owners, state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, is encouraging shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday.
“As many families begin gift shopping for the Christmas season, it is important to support the small businesses right here in our local communities,” said Reitz. “When we shop small we are not only investing in our local economy, but we are also supporting our friends, family and neighbors and helping to create jobs.”
Saturday, Nov. 30 marks the 10th Annual Small Business Saturday, which was created to help small businesses compete with large retailers between the busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Reitz is encouraging residents to shop locally at small businesses this holiday season, as they offer unique goods for gifts, jobs for local residents, and support to local charities and organizations.
Shopping local is increasingly highlighted as a great way to support local communities, as a recent study showed if a consumer were to spend $100 at a local small business, roughly $68 of that money stays in the local economy. However, if the same consumer spent the same $100 at a large corporation, only $43 of that money would stay in the local economy.
“As a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois, I have seen the direct impact that small businesses have on our local economy,” continued Reitz. “Our local small businesses need support as online shopping becomes more and more popular, so I encourage local residents to consider shopping small not just on Small Business Saturday but throughout the year.”
For more information, please call Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or email RepNReitz@gmail.com.