Small Business Saturday

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Mayor Steve Allender named Nov. 24 “Small Business Saturday” in Rapid City. During the holidays, people typically do their shopping with big companies, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Allender wants to encourage people to keep small businesses in mind. 

Small businesses contribute to the economy and the overall function of the city. This Saturday, the small businesses will hold promotions and activities. The day will commence with the annual Festival of Lights Parade.

“The small business community reflects the community in its values, in its attitude and the spirit of who we are,” said Allender.

Part of the holiday spirit is going out and searching for the right gift. All larger chain stores typically have similar items. With smaller stores, it’s easier to find a unique or rare gift.

Somer Kingsbury is the owner of Who’s Toy House, in the Shops at Main Street Square. She sees the value in shopping locally.

“When you’re shopping local, that money stays in your community. That’s the money that’s provided for roads, for teachers and sales tax,” said Kingsbury.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are 30.2 million small businesses in the country. That is 47.5 percent of the private sector workforce.

When you do not buy local, the money can go to multiple causes. With a local business, you know where your money will go and how it will benefit the community.

Don’t miss out on the annual tree lighting during Small Business Saturday at Main Street Square. NewsCenter1 will stream the ceremony on air and online. Gets details here.


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