Small Business Saturday is Coming!

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Submitted by Ben Franklin Apothecary – Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a time when shoppers are asked to fill their carts at smaller, hometown stores (like Ben Franklin Apothecary) rather than driving to giant department stores. As a small business, it’s tough to compete with Black Friday deals.

smallbizlogoAmerican Express started “Small Business Saturday” several years ago to drive awareness of the importance of shopping local and it’s a great reminder to consumers on the busiest shopping weekend of the year to remember to support their favorite locally owned, “brick & mortar” store.

According to research from IndependentWeStand.org, if every family in the country spent just $10 a month with a locally owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local communities through sales tax dollars, payroll, donations, and other expenditures.

We’ve really started to see an amazing trend as shoppers show their support for their favorite small, locally owned business on that particular day. It always means a lot to our staff to see our establishment packed with supporters of Ben Franklin Apothecary and small businesses in general. Need more convincing? Check out our Top 10 reasons to shop local! – Kasey Cheshier

TOP 10 REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL:

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Ben Franklin Store & Pharmacy Team

#1: Buy local to support yourself
Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, and not a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

#2: Keep our community unique
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit by a vibrant small business community.

#3: Be friendly to our environment
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

#4: Local businesses create more jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

#5: Get better service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

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Kitchen’s Deli Team

#6: Put your taxes to good use
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. In addition, nationally owned businesses often demand tax incentives.

#7: Invest in the community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

#8: Support community groups
Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

#9: Competition leads to more choices
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

#10: Encourage future investment
A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Remember…… Spend it here, Keep it here! #ShopDuncanville