Local encouraged to shop locally this Christmas season

Hot on the heels of Black Friday is a reminder that sometimes the best deals and opportunities are right here in Canby.

Small Business Saturday is back, this year on Saturday, Nov. 30 — a day to celebrate and support Canby’s small businesses and what they do for our community, according to Canby Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bev Doolittle.

“Join the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce and help support our small businesses,” Doolittle said. “When thinking of a favorite store or restaurant, chances are it’s a local, independent, small business. It has charm and character that contribute to the distinctive character of the community. Its customer service is excellent and personal: They know you.

“This is an opportunity for businesses, local governing boards and citizens to help our community thrive,” Doolittle added. “Don’t just talk about saving local stores and maintaining our hometown character: Take action by shopping our local small businesses.”

Doolittle reminded that local independent small businesses tend to be community-minded. They hire locally and purchase goods and services from other local merchants. Small businesses add value for everyone, purchase local goods and services and you get the additional benefit of reduced transportation costs and less environmental impact.

“’Purchase’ is the key word here. In order to thrive, local independent small businesses need your support, not just for the holidays, but all the time,” Doolittle said. “With all our joint efforts, we can help raise awareness of the value small businesses bring to our community and help motivate other consumers to ‘shop small’ all year around – including on Small Business Saturday.”

Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local as a means of driving up local economies. The event is not meant to discourage people from shopping at larger chains or online.

Rather, its advocates hope to encourage consumers to dedicate a percentage of their holiday shopping budget to local businesses — be it by having dinner at a local restaurant or buying gifts at neighborhood stores.

“We all know how important small business is to our economy,” Doolittle said. “Small businesses generated 60-80 percent of the net new jobs over the last decade. The Canby Area Chamber of Commerce really wants to raise awareness and get people involved. We're all in this together and we can make a difference. Everyone knows that your dollar goes a long way when you buy a product or service from a small business. That money goes right back into the local economy. And that’s important, because half of working Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create two out of every three new jobs.

“Please join the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce in doing our part to support small businesses as they continue to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” she added. “ Take the time to buy from local, independent small businesses in Canby, your hometown.”

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