MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Black Friday is only a few weeks away now, but the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is wanting the community to remember the saying Shop Small Y’all.
“Shop the big box stores on Black Friday and then shop local on Small Business Saturday, the Shop Small Y’all will be a great opportunity to support those that you know and that you see on a daily basis,” explained Casey Holladay, Events Coordinator with the EMBDC.
The day after Black Friday is considered Small Business Saturday, which encourages citizens to support the businesses that are locally owned and operated in the cities they serve.
“When you shop small you are supporting a local person, their businesses, livelihood, and you are also helping the tax base of Meridian and Lauderdale County,” said Holladay. “It is extremely important that we do support our small businesses and that we continue to have small businesses begin in Meridian and Lauderdale County,”
By shopping small, it helps put more money back in the community through taxes, which leaders with the EMBDC explain helps with infrastructure.
“Sometimes the construction can be a bit of nuance but to me it is a positive thing because it means that we are growing and developing and our area will only get bigger or better,” said Holladay.
Those with the EMBDC also encourage retailers and restaurants to create specials to help encourage the public to Shop Small Y’all.
“We are encouraging some of the businesses to have a special promotion that will take place that day and we just really want to encourage everybody to go out and support the local small businesses of Meridian,” said Holladay.
For more information about how your small businesses can partake in Small Business Saturday you can contact the EMBDC at (601)693-1306.