Forget Black Friday, think of Small Business Saturday and support your Main Street

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Small business sign

This sign is making the rounds of the internet this year, pointing out that money spent in a small business pretty much stays in the community, in the pockets of local families, instead of being shipped out to some megacorp. There are studies that prove it; a look at Grand Rapids, Michigan found that "when West Michigan consumers choose a locally owned business over a non-local alternative, $73 of every $100 spent stays in the community. By contrast, only $43 of every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business remains in the community."

Small business Saturday

That’s why I have never been crazy about Buy Nothing Day (someone has to buy cheese and coffee from my kids) and I am such a fan of Small Business Saturday. People need stuff and it is coming into holiday shopping season, but where you spend your money matters. As Michael Shuman wrote:

Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.

Stephanie Meeks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation notes:

When we invest in small businesses, we are investing in Main Streets – the places that give our towns and cities a unique sense of place. By celebrating Small Business Saturday and shopping at…

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