Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday

Reporter: Therese O'Shea
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to dominate the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping, but small business owners are hoping for your support this season as well.

This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday, the national effort aimed at encouraging you to buy from local shops.

Everything from unique gifts to tasty local meats and treats.

This movement is gaining momentum because of the impact it has on communities.

“The more we get disconnected from our makers and our growers the more we just lose a sense of our identity culturally,” said David Melton, of Fresh Harvest.

For every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., roughly 67-percent stays in the local community, according to American Express.

The company also found that consumers are aware of their impact, with 75-percent saying they would be more likely to buy a product or service from a local independently-owned business.

Since the shop small movement began in 2009, consumers have reported spending more than $100-billion on Small Business Saturday.

If you wish to support your local businesses, you can find them all over your area in this small business map.

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