Today is the Second Annual Small Business Saturday, when people across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses. Join Real Girls as we support the community that supports us the entire year.
American Express is also giving back. Get a one-time $25 statement credit from American Express when you use your registered or linked American Express card on Small Business Saturday to make a purchase of $25 or more at a small business. Real Girls qualifies for this offer. The card must be pre-registered to take advantage of the offer.
In recent years, Black Friday has become synonymouse with long lines, massive discounts and the big box stores that offer them. But now, Main Street America is staking it’s claim in the retail madness. “Small businesses are the lifeline of a community,” said Judy Tschumper, executive director of the Downtown Lakevill Business Association.
Local businesses enrich their community simply by existing. For the past two decades, small businesses have created 65% of the new jobs and for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community.
It does not matter if your Main Street is the Main Street you drive your can drive your car down or the Main Street of the virtual world wide web, the outcome is the same – small businesses drive the economy.
The Lakeville Patch contributed to this article.