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Shoppers encouraged to support city's small businesses on Saturday

City of Beaverton promotes Small Business Administration initiative to spend locally


Residents are encouraged to shop at smaller businesses around Beaverton on Saturday, Nov. 30, in recognition of "Small Business Saturday," an effort of the U.S. Small Business Administration to encourage consumers to understand the significant, positive effect local spending can have in their communities.

Local businesses participating in the initiative will display Shop Small posters on their business fronts to remind shoppers to support their community.

First held in 2010, Small Business Saturday is strategically held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The event serves as an opportunity for small business to boost their sales and as an advertising and public exposure tool, allowing them to promote the value of shopping at small and local businesses, said Beaverton city officials.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, for every dollar spent at local area businesses, more than 70 percent of it stays in the local economy. For every dollar spent at a national retailer, less than 20 percent stays in the local economy.

"I encourage everyone to support our small business owners this holiday season," Doyle said.

For more information on this project, contact Alma Flores, the city's economic development manager, at 503-526-2456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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