Flushing (WJRT) - (11/22/17) - Thousands will be shopping Black Friday and after that comes Small Business Saturday. In the past few years, many people have been making an effort to shop local.
Some business people were getting a head start on Small Business Saturday. Nine business people got together Wednesday in Flushing to encourage folks to shop local. These are entrepreneurs who operate home-based businesses.
They called their expo Stuff Your Bag. They rented Goggins Hall, which is the old Flushing City Hall and set up tables to display their wares.
(Tiffany Neu, Lula Roe) Everybody's just trying to support their family and it's good to keep it in the community and do your shopping local.
(Randy) The small business were selling jewelry, tea, candles, clothes and many other things.
(Roger Cragg, Sentsy) For me to be at an event like this you get to see the different businesses, learn a little bit about the new products out there.
(Randy) The Small Business Administration says by shopping local you help create jobs in the community. The 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all sales in the U-S.
(Vicki Peaster, Origami Owl) By supporting small businesses you help the family and then they can support other businesses in the community.
(Neu) It's supporting the mom trying to pay for her kids dance lessons or I'm trying to pay for my kids wrestling shoes.
(Randy) By supporting small businesses, you can make sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the vibrancy and uniqueness of a community.
(Randy) If you missed today Stuff the Bag event in Flushing, another shopping opportunity is coming.
(Neu) In a couple more weeks I'm hoping to rent the hall again on a Wednesday and do the same thing.>
Small businesses are said to have provided 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s.
And consider this about Small Business Saturday.
A lof of people say small businesses make a neighborhood a more interesting and diverse place to live.