Small Business Saturday an opportunity for community investment


ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- People who missed out on Black Friday sales got another chance to splurge on Small Business Saturday.

Kami Holmes had her hands full this weekend. Her small clothing boutique was bustling with customers looking to get Black Friday deals.
“We were really busy yesterday,” Holmes said.

But her sales didn’t end after the holiday. She has a couple more of them up her sleeve for the remainder of the weekend.
“The scarves. They’re normally like 18 dollars, I did them for ten. Just special things like that for small business Saturday.”

Holmes’ boutique is one of over 400 thousand small businesses in Louisiana. Every Saturday following Black Friday sales, these businesses finally get some time in the spotlight.

Shannon Blackard, one of the boutique’s employees says that working in a small business can be difficult. Sometimes, it’s hard to compete with bigger retailers, especially during the holidays. But small business Saturday gives people a chance to invest in the community.

“We do get overlooked but we also have the customers that are committed to us that come to us,” Blackard said.

According to American Express, the company that spearheaded the holiday, a community retains about 67 cents following every local purchase.

Louisiana has about 465,000 small business owners statewide. Holmes, being one of many local business owners said this day is important.

“It makes us feel special. Because it gives people an opportunity to come out to these small towns and small businesses to see what we’re all about,” Holmes said. ” You can get just as many savings here as you do in the big box stores.”

You can keep up with small Louisiana businesses here.

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