With so many residents heading out to begin their holiday shopping this weekend, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups are asking local residents to "shop small" on Small Business Saturday®.
The "shop small" concept is part of a nationwide effort to recognize small business and the contribution those small businesses make in a community. Statistically, it is estimated the 52 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the local community. In 2012, consumers spent $5.5 billion what consumers spent in 2012 on Small Business Saturday®.
According to Camdenton Chamber of Commerce officials, Small Business Saturday® was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' need for more customers.
Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's a day to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. It has since become a nation-wide, well-known celebrated event cemented on the national calendar with support from major corporations, elected officials, public and private organizations and millions of Facebook users.
The lake area is home to a diverse selection of small businesses many of which will be opened extended hours on Saturday and offering specials to entice shoppers to stay home and shop local.
Selynn Barbour owns one of those stores. Country Crossroads offering a retail shopping experience to residents and visitors for many years.
"Small businesses provide over half the jobs in the nation. You want to give back to the community that gives to you," Barbour said.
Barbour said in comparison to large big box retails stores. shopping local can provides a very unique and personal shopping in a locally owned. Country Crossroads will be offering specials throughout the store and will open 30 minutes early and stay open 30 minutes late on Saturday.
Porters Building Center in Laurie will also be hosting special holiday sales all weekend with a specials to entice customers. Manager Mark Watts encourages people to shop small at the lake to help keep businesses open through the winter months and local people employed year round.
Bryants Osage Outdoors is holding its annual Christmas Festival over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Laurie store is owned and operated by the Bryant family with items of interest for both men and women.
"We think it's important to have events to help keep people aware of the businesses are here," said Joyce Bryant.
According to Bryant, they try to get special buys throughout the year just for this event to offer their customers a little something extra.
"If you are a Black Friday shopper and you do the big box stores, save Saturday for small businesses," Bryant said.
Page 2 of 2 - "We are excited to be an official supporter of this campaign as it is our mission to support small business and when that occurs, jobs are created and the Camdenton community preserves its unique culture," Trish Creach, Camdenton Chamber Director, said.
Chamber President Corey Leuwerke said, "by supporting Small Business Saturday® demonstrates a commitment to the Camdenton area in which we live and work while creating goodwill within the community."
The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce became an official supporter in October and is actively distributing materials on Small Business Saturday® including doormats, shopping bags, magnets, pens, stamps and gift cards.