Shopping local and supporting small retail businesses is becoming increasingly important as more shoppers do a majority of their retail shopping online, decreasing sales tax revenue that goes to providing essential and on-essential services.

At a time when sales tax revenues seem to be declining, thanks to the convenience of online shopping and the proliferation of box stores and other national retailers in the lake area, the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce and Camdenton Art League have partnered to put together an event to promote Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday was created 8 years ago by American Express as a way to promote shopping local on a national level. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s a day to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods.

For full details read the story in today’s Lake Sun or on LakenewsOnline.com. Shoppers not only earn a chance to win a $1,000 giveaway but will have the chance to visit some fun and unique businesses but they will be supporting their local community.

Shopping local and supporting small retail businesses is becoming increasingly important as more shoppers do a majority of their retail shopping online, decreasing sales tax revenue that goes to providing essential and on-essential services.

Small retailers are the heart of a community by providing jobs, sales tax revenue and supporting local programs and organizations that make a difference.

Camdenton seems to be experiencing a resurgence in small businesses being run by locals who are determined to not only succeed but to work with leaders to promote a stronger economic base and develop a strong sense of community with hopes of turning the square into a haven for artists to gather and showcase their talents.

We encourage everyone to check it out, you never know what you might be missing. There’s something, literally, for everyone. You”ll find small shops offering everything from cupcakes to vinyl records, model trains to oil paintings of holiday scenes within blocks of each other, conveniently located around the Camdenton square.

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According to the 2017 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey found:

• As much as 80% of all consumers surveyed say at least some of their holiday shopping will be done at small, independently-owned retailers or restaurants;

• Three-quarters (75%) of all consumers surveyed are planning on going to one or more small businesses as part of their holiday shopping;

• 90% of all consumers surveyed agree it is important for them to support small, independently-owned restaurants and bars;

• Of consumers who are aware of Small Business Saturday, 89% agree that the day encourages them to Shop Small all year long, not just during the holiday season;

• For those who are aware and who plan to shop on Small Business Saturday, 44% plan to spend more this year compared to last year.