SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - As the sun set on Black Friday 2018, the focus now turns to Small Business Saturday.
Since the inception of the “Shop Small” concept back in 2010, U.S. customers have reported spending a total of $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants - that’s just for 8 days total. This year will be the 9th.
If there were any doubts about the anticipation building for this year’s Small Business Saturday, you needed look no further than inside some locally owned stores, where last night preps were well underway.
Inside the Moppet Shoppe on Line Avenue in Shreveport, the co-owner of this children’s clothing store told us how Small Business Saturday allows them and others to show the benefits when you “shop small.”
“We’re real big on helping customers finding what you need. If we don’t have it then finding it for you. You just don’t get that when you order online,” began co-owner Ragan Terzia.
“You know, with children’s clothing things run different. Not every line’s the same. So, if you’re ordering on the internet no one’s there to tell you, 'oh, that runs a size big,” explained co-owner Ragan Terzia."
90 percent of consumers who have been surveyed recently say that this day has a positive impact on their community.">
Just across the street at Pierremont Mall, you’ll find Krush Boutique, a women’s clothing store, whose staff strongly believe Small Business Saturday is a big deal. That includes assistant store manager Alison Page.
“Yeah, I do. I think that with small business owners here in town it helps create a positive vibe in the city. and it just makes people think, ‘oh, I’m gonna go there every day if I can.’”
So, whether it be at Krush Boutique or Moppet Shoppe, or any of the other hundreds of locally owned businesses, there’s a strong feeling this could be the best Small Business Saturday yet.
And if there were any questions about the importance of Small Business Saturday, then consider this: There are now 30 million small businesses in this U.S.
They account for 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms, according to the latest government figures.