Business Groups Around the Ark-La-Tex Encourage Shoppers to Remember Small Businesses

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The mantra "shop small" is being said across the country for Small Business Saturday, which encourages promotion of locally-owned small businesses.

Small businesses in local cities ask residents to remember to shop with them this Saturday...and every Saturday

With big box retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target dominating the shopping conversations on Black Friday, small businesses owners have joined with American Express to claim Saturday, November 28 for themselves.

Local business leaders say that shoppers need to be reminded about the importance of small business to the community if they want these businesses to stay open.

This is the sixth year for Small Business Saturday, and local businesses are saying that they embraced this special day because they want shoppers to understand what a vital component mom and pop businesses hold in neighborhoods, communities, shopping centers and downtown districts.

Liz Swaine, executive director of Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority. said the DDA has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to make this Saturday a big event for local businesses. However, Swaine wants to also remind shoppers that small businesses are available for people every day - not just this Saturday.

Swaine said when you travel to a city, town or community, you don't want to come home talking about a cookie-cutter chain store or big box retailer. The executive director of DDA said 68 cents of every dollar spent in Shreveport stays in Shreveport.

In Shreveport, downtown stores are offering a #ShopSmallSB passport which offers special savings and prizes when you get the passport stamped at local retailers.

Both Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana Arkansas have teamed up with Main Street Texarkana and the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce to support Small Business Saturday. They have set up a special event page, and have urged all citizens to patronize local small businesses on Saturday, November 28.  Ark-La-Tex.com

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