Aiken set to SHOP SMALL

The Aiken Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all of Aiken to plan to “Shop Small” on November 29th, Small Business Saturday.

“This is the 5th year of the “Shop Small” movement. It’s a great way for the community to show its support of our local shops that are owned by our friends and neighbors,” said Aiken Chamber President J. David Jameson. “These shops may be small, but they have a big influence on our community. They support the kids’ sports teams, the service organizations, and help make Aiken a great place to visit and live. This is a day set aside to show them our support and say thank you,” said Jameson.

The Aiken Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Aiken Downtown Development Association and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce to promote this important local shopping day that falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“Small Business Saturday is important because it gives us all an opportunity to support the American Dream of doing what you love and making a living by it. Small businesses make our communities unique, selling items that chains and big boxes don’t.  Local businesses are owned by our friends and neighbors who are less likely to leave the area and are more invested in the community’s future,” said North Augusta Chamber President Terra Carroll.

“As the holiday season quickly approaches and you start running around town buying gifts, think about the small businesses first. Our downtown shops are offering extended hours this holiday season to accommodate shoppers and encourage folks to shop local. I encourage everyone to support local restaurants and retail shops as you start your holiday season shopping. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the chamber to get this message out to the community,” said Executive Director of Aiken Downtown Development Association Avery Spears-Mahoney.

According to Small Business Association’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and have accounted for 63 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013. Small firms have accounted for 60 percent of the net new jobs since mid-2013. More than half of America’s workers either own or work for small businesses, creating two out of every three new jobs across the country.

“This strengthens not only the local Aiken community and economy, but bolsters the foundation of the economy nationwide,” said Jameson.

The Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken Downtown Development Association and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce encourage everyone to shop local every day and to start a holiday shopping tradition by participating in Small Business Saturday “Shop Small” on November 29th.

For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/

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