Small business

County and town officials encourage the public to shop during Small Business Saturday. Shown are (from left) Tom Raab, manager of town of South Boston; Dennis Barker, assistant manager, of town of South Boston; LaTonya Hamilton, director of the Department of Tourism; Tamyra Vest, director of Destination Downtown South Boston; Mitzi McCormick, president & CEO of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce; Scott Simpson, county administrator; Denise Barksdale, assistant manager of the town of Halifax; and Carl Espy, manager of the town of Halifax.

Mark your calendars now and shop small on Saturday.

Now in its 12th year, Small Business Saturday is a day where every shopper can play a part to support their local economy and the small business owners who provide much of our economic growth.

On this day, individuals celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. The public is invited to join the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Destination Downtown South Boston, town of South Boston, town of Halifax, Department of Tourism and county of Halifax in supporting local small businesses by shopping at a small business.

“We are proud to support our small businesses,” said chamber president Mitzi McCormick. “They account for over 75% of our membership. Small businesses provide jobs, pay local taxes, support our local charities, sponsor youth sport teams, and so much more,” she continued.

American Express reports that about .67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays and circulates in the local community.

“When you buy a product or service from a small business, your money goes right back into the local economy,” said Destination Downtown Executive Director Tamyra Vest. “It’s great to find the perfect gift from a small business. The business owner may tell you a story about how that gift was made or where it came from or how it’s a one-of-a-kind. The gift immediately becomes more meaningful and special. Moments like that are what makes the holidays special. Let’s all do our part to support our local small businesses as they continue to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” she continued.

There are a number of ways consumers can support local small businesses. Show appreciation by shopping through our local retailers. If someone likes something about a business, say something. Give a great review and compliment the businesses that have served you well. This does not take much time but can be so meaningful to the business owner.

Small Business Saturday is celebrated on Saturday and is a reminder that small businesses are the livelihood of the community. This year, plan to shop local and make a difference. Visit Halifax County small businesses on Small Business Saturday and support local business owners. As we approach the holidays, consider making gift purchases locally and keep more of your money in the community.

As a fun addition to Small Business Saturday, consumers are encouraged to show their support by taking selfies with their purchase at their favorite local businesses.

Post pictures and stories of your shopping experience on social media using #ShopSmall, #ShopSmallSoBo, #ShopSmallHali, and #HalifaxVAChamber to share the memories you and your neighborhood make at local businesses.

All photos publicly posted on social media with these hashtags will be entered in a drawing for a ShopSmall Basket.

For more information, visit www.halifaxchamber.net/ShopSmall.