Small Business Saturday: Its impact on local economy

Chris Demers

While that money goes back into the community, many business will generate between forty and fifty percent of their annual sales during, Small Business Saturday.

The holiday season is all about giving gifts to the ones you love.

Found Furnishing held their second annual 'Small Business Saturday Pop Up Market'.

Black Friday shoppers tend to shop at big stores and this national event started nearly 10 years to help bring holiday shoppers back to local businesses.

In a recent shoppers poll, 80% of it's participants in Missoula say they are considering going to local stores downtown for Small Business Saturday.

From Centennial Place throughout Granger and into our very own downtown South Bend, businesses from all over Michiana are participating.

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Gilbert said it also helps the city. "Every time you think to shop for someone or buying for yourself, your first thought should be to shop local". For every dollar spent on local made products, 67 cents stays here to benefit the community. "It also boosts our local economy", she said.

Others say they have seen more locally owned businesses pop-up in South Bend.

"We put our money back into the community, we shop local, we hire local all the way from accounting to office supplies".

If you would like to support any of the local businesses at Saturday's event, Covington said shoppers can search the hashtag #Shopsmallmidland to find local vendors.

"They go to reinvest in our schools, our public works, and other initiatives", said Worley. "We all come together to bring everyone downtown on that day".

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