ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – Thanksgiving Weekend is legendary for being the largest procuring weekend of the yr, and Black Friday will get all publicity. However the day after that’s Small Enterprise Saturday, and enterprise homeowners say procuring native is extra necessary than ever.
Gretchen Wilson, Government Director of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce mentioned, “We’re hoping that the vacation season for Maine companies will get a much bigger enhance this yr.”
Small enterprise Saturday works identical to Black Friday, simply on a extra community-minded degree.
“It’s principally about procuring native, procuring small, and it’s reserved for that Saturday,” Wilson mentioned. “So you are able to do your big-box procuring, after which go to your downtowns, and go to your neighborhood shops. Y’know, try these family-owned companies.”
Many small enterprise are holding particular vacation gross sales, however in accordance with Barbara Courchesne, proprietor of The Bud Connection in Ellsworth, the day isn’t nearly shopping for presents.
“Folks will see different folks they haven’t seen,” she mentioned. “Purchasing downtown, or procuring an area avenue the place you reside is a implausible technique to simply get out a bit bit.”
Union River E book & Toy Co. proprietor Michael Curtis agrees.
“It simply highlights small enterprise on a day massive companies have been highlighted,” mentioned Curtis. “It offers us an opportunity to shine.”
Many companies in Maine misplaced massive parts of their summer season income because of the pandemic, and are hoping the vacations can at the least assist to cowl some these losses. With the largest procuring weekend of the vacation season developing, small companies are relying on their communities now greater than ever.
“I simply suppose if folks aren’t being community-minded this yr, they gained’t have a neighborhood to buy in,” Courchesne mentioned. “So it’s actually as much as the general public at this level to maintain companies rolling.”
“Lots of people have been, and mentioned that they’ve are available in as a result of they wish to help us,” Curtis added. “And it’s nice to listen to that, and I believe it is vitally mandatory.”
Wilson careworn that for enterprise neighborhood, each greenback spent procuring native makes a distinction.
“Seventy to eighty p.c of that greenback goes again into the neighborhood, to pay workers, to pay different companies which might be their suppliers,” she mentioned. “It’s actually, actually necessary for us to maintain them in enterprise.”
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