Minot's Small Business Saturday struggles
Downtown Minot is the home to many stores specific to the area. Unfortunately on Saturday, Nov. 30, it was completely covered in snow. Many local businesses were hard to get to on what should have been their busiest day of the year.
Val Stadick, owner of Main Street Books, explained her Black Friday experience this year:
“We were struck by some really lousy weather. Me and my staff pretty much played tag team all day trying to keep the sidewalks clear. It's our biggest day of the year by far. It's equal to any other businesses Black Friday. The whole year actually is working up to that day,” Stadick said.
The City of Minot is looking to invest in small businesses. The Buy Local Task Force spoke at this week's city council meeting to propose a purchasing policy that would allow the city to use its dollars to buy local.
Minot Chamber of Commerce President John MacMartin is working to get city employees to shop small.
“Monday night's city council meeting was all about trying to get the city to take a look at encouraging purchases that are made with city dollars to be made locally. That policy outlines some ways in which the local departments could spend money locally,” MacMartin said.
The proposed changes to the policy were examined and city representatives were open to buying local.
Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season, but consumers are encouraged to shop small all year.