Small Business Saturday is November 26!
Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has signed up as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. That means we will help to promote the Shop Small, Shop Local movement throughout our county and communities for 2016!
Watch for newspaper ads listing our outstanding Chamber member small businesses throughout Chautauqua County! Or you can see our full list here.
Shopping locally is good for our economy and good for our friends, neighbors, and business climate. Time after time studies have shown that it does make a difference when people choose to buy from local merchants. A 2010 study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development shows that for every $100 in consumer spending with a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy and is dispersed through local wages, charitable donations, taxes that fund local services, and purchases of goods and services through other local businesses. The Michigan State study also shows that for each $100 spent with a non-locally owned business, just $43 remains in the local economy.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce works to promote local business year-round because we see the importance of supporting our local business owners and workforce.
American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010, encouraging people across the country to support small, local businesses. It was officially recognized by the US Senate in 2011 and has been growing ever since. In 2014, an estimated $14.3-billion was spent at small independent businesses on Small Business Saturday!