Shop small

Urging the public to shop small on Small Business Saturday are (from left) Tom Raab and Tamyra Vest, town of South Boston; Mitzi McCormick and Brandee Lloyd, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce; Katrina Powell, Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation; Kathy Bane, American National Bank & Trust and Halifax County Chamber board member; and Denise Barksdale, town of Halifax.

Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition — just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere.

The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Destination Downtown South Boston, town of South Boston, town of Halifax and Halifax Village Association encourage the public to support local businesses by shopping small.

“Small business owners are neighbors, friends and family. This year, Shop Small for the businesses you love, for the community you call home, and to keep money local,” said Mitzi McCormick, CEO and president of the county chamber of commerce. “In fact, for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. So, when you Shop Small on Small Business Saturday—and all year long—it can help add up to a big impact.”

Since the inception of Small Business Saturday in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $103 billion across all Small Business Saturdays combined. That’s $103 billion toward helping communities thrive, spent over just nine days alone.

“There is something to be said about the atmosphere and quality of service you receive when you patron a small business. You are greeted with owners you know and trust when you walk in the door, “ said Brandee Lloyd, chamber director of membership.

“Small businesses make up a large portion of our membership and help make Halifax County a place I am proud to call home,” she continued.

Welcome stations for this year’s event can be found at the Halifax Farmers Market and The Busy Bean in Downtown South Boston.

“Show your support this year by taking selfies at your favorite local businesses. Post pictures and stories of your shopping experience on social media using #ShopSmallHCCC, #ShopSmallHali, and #ShopSmallSoBo and enter to win a $25 Chamber Check,” McCormick said.

More information and Small Business Saturday discounts can be found online at www.halifaxchamber.net.

“We are proud to support our small businesses,” added McCormick. “Small businesses provide jobs, pay local taxes, support our local charities, sponsor youth sport teams and so much more. We hope to see you on Saturday.”