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Shoppers support "Small Business Saturday"

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) -

Small businesses are being celebrated nationwide, for “Small Business Saturday.”

Shoppers in Crisp County were busy looking for good deals as they supported “Small Business Saturday.”

"Do you want to have to travel fifty or 100 miles to buy the things that you can buy right here locally, it's the backbone of the community,” said Linda West, Three's Company.

The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce, Cordele Main Street and Small Business Development work with small businesses each year to help remind folks to support them.

"Small businesses are the life blood of any community,” said Jonathan Sinyard, Co-owner of Adams Drugs. “We're the grassroots businesses, the ones who have been here before the big boxes come and hopefully we'll be here after the big boxes leave."

Three's Company and Adams Drug Store are just two of 11 businesses participating in the "Small Business Saturday" event. The first 30 customers received a free "shop small" tote bag, and those who spent $50 or more were entered into a free drawing put on by the Cordele-Crisp County Chamber of Commerce.

"Our customers are extremely important to us,” said West. “We appreciate everyone, not only those that spend $50 or more, but those that come in and spend 10 and 15 dollars."

Although “Black Friday” has ended, small business owners are hoping shoppers still have some energy left.

"I know with “Black Friday”, a lot of times everybody goes out of town shopping,” said Sinyard. “So it's really good to encourage people to shop local and keep their dollars in their community where it can really make a huge impact."

Which can help add more jobs.

"It really does make a huge impact on the financial status and just the overall well being of the community,” said Sinyard. “Keeping those dollars local, is very very important. People don't realize the impact that it could make."

"Small Business Saturday" was founded in 2010 to encourage people to shop on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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