Small Business Saturday hopes to inspire holiday shoppers

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MANDAN, N.D. - Black Friday and Christmas are coming up, and shoppers are thinking about what presents to get for their loved ones.

Small Businesses in Mandan are inspiring local shoppers to come out during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 to help generate more local sales.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event, encouraging people to discover independent businesses that make their community unique.

"Shopping locally helps support people who live in your community that support your businesses. So by supporting us, then we're able to shop and contribute to our local economy that way," said Brea manager Pam Kostelecky.

"We need to keep our little businesses going and that's what runs your town, that's what brings people here. People like to have a destination," said Sue Hoffman, Susie Q's Owner.

Shopping locally also brings up sales tax, which then lowers property taxes and special assessments.

"Online shopping has become increasingly popular, but in general, those sales tax dollars aren't coming our states and our local communities," said Ellen Huber, City of Mandan.

Online shopping doesn't offer an in-person feeling, like boutiques do.

"The one thing about brick and mortar stores is they truly provide an experience, and that's something you can't get just sitting down with your phone or your computer," says Huber.
That's why Small Business Saturday is aiming to bring people out to find unique, locally made gift items.
For more information on Small Business Saturday you can go to http://mandanprogress.org/