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Shop Local for Gifts this Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, means much more than just finding a few items to mark off your Christmas shopping list. This special day, founded in 2010, has been steadily growing in popularity as more and more people are learning the many benefits of shopping local.

The impact from community members shopping at local small businesses is important for communities like those in Montgomery County.

According to the "Buy Local Coalition," for every $100 spent at a national company, only $13 stays in the local community. However, for every $100 spent with a locally owned company, $45 remains in the local community. This re-circulation of money creates jobs, encourages prosperity, supports our tax base and strengthens the overall economic base of our community.

Our local businesses care deeply about their community and are strong supporters of non-profits, fundraisers, events and sports programs.

Statistics show local businesses often support their communities far more than a national, corporate business.

Local business owners often provide better service over national box stores because they know their products and their customer's needs. They also know that happy, satisfied customers will not only return, but also speak highly of their experience to others.

Montgomery County has many one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in this area that also attract visitors to our community. Community members who shop locally are champions of these establishments and their enthusiasm creates interest for visitors coming to experience our county.

Small Business Saturday is not just for the stores and restaurants located downtown. Many of the small businesses in this area are home based businesses. Crafts, pet grooming, car detailing, skin care lines, clothing, technology assistance and much more can make amazing, one-of-a-kind gifts! Many of these home businesses also provide gift cards, making shopping even easier.

If you are looking for something specific, check local first. Contact your local chamber of commerce, search online and on Facebook, check your newspaper for advertisements, watch for craft show and vender show announcements or simply ask around.

Small Business Saturday is a direct investment in our community. Show your community pride and support on Nov. 25!

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