Help local businesses by shopping small on Saturday

Help local businesses by shopping small on Saturday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - According to the National Retail Federation, almost 150 million people are expected to shop in stores and online this weekend.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year, but local leaders are asking you to not forget small business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that marks a day to support local businesses in our community.

Some local leaders gathered at ride on bikes in Columbus Monday to encourage people to use the Saturday after Thanksgiving to say thank-you to local businesses for creating jobs and boosting our local economy.

"When you shop local, 68 cents of every dollar stays in your community and is reinvested in your community," said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "When you shop at national chains or on the internet of course, much, much less, a fraction of that stays in your community."

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 and was founded by American Express.

Last year, more than 100 million people across the country participated and created a 28% up-tick in sales at small businesses nationwide.

Small businesses around town will have special offers for you on Saturday.

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