Did you know for every $100 spent at a small business $68 stays in the local community?
Small Business Saturday first began on November 27, 2010 and its purpose was to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses following the Black Friday hype associated with major retailers across the country. The day has continued as a tradition every Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday and last year an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small businesses across the country.
While this day is important, it should not be just one day each year that people see the value in shopping at small businesses. Small businesses play a big part in providing jobs to the community and fuel the local, state, and national economy.
Southeast Iowa is home to many small businesses. We know they are great, but we suggest you check them out!
For the fitness guru – Bickel’s Cycling and Fitness
For the book worm – Burlington By The Book
For the coffee and pastry lover – The Apron
For the fashionista – The Funky Cowgirl
These are just a few to get you started. To learn more about other small businesses throughout the Southeast Iowa region, check out the local main streets in the area including Fort Madison Main Street, Main Street Keokuk, Inc., Downtown Burlington, and Bloomfield Main Street.
Before start your holiday shopping this year, we hope that you re-think a visit to a large retailer and instead choose to shop local.
Until next time,
The Restoring Iowa Jobs team