Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday community partners are (from left) Mallory Lawter, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce; Kimley Blanks, county of Halifax; Denise Barksdale, town of Halifax; Tamyra Vest, Destination Downtown South Boston; and Mitzi McCormick, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited to mark their calendars for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.

Now in its seventh 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 the majority of economic growth in the community.

“On this day, we celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community,” said Halifax County Chamber President Mitzi McCormick. “Please join the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Destination Downtown South Boston, Town of South Boston, town of Halifax and Halifax Village Association in supporting our local small businesses by shopping at a small business.

“We are proud to support our small businesses,” added McCormick. “They account for over 85 percent of our membership. Small businesses provide jobs, pay local taxes, support our local charities, sponsor youth sport teams and so much more,” she continued.

“There are a number of ways consumers can support our small businesses. Show your appreciation by shopping through our local retailers. If you like something about a business, say something. Online review sites do not have to be an outlet for complaints. Compliment the businesses that have served you well. This does not take much time, but can be so meaningful to the business owner,” she added.

“Small business owners are your neighbors. This year, Shop Small for the businesses you love, for the community you call home and for the money that can stay in the neighborhood when we all Shop Small. This Nov. 28 get up, get out and shop small,” McCormick said.

“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.

As a fun addition to Small Business Saturday, Vest and McCormick encourage all consumers to show their support by taking selfies at their favorite local businesses.

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

Stay tuned for social media giveaway announcements.