Small Business Saturday is November 24

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Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
& Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Shopping locally is good for our economy and very directly helps to support your friends, neighbors, and community.  Time after time studies have shown that it does make a difference when people choose to buy from locally owned stores and businesses.  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.  

Once again this year the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has signed on as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday. That means we are helping to promote the shop small movement right here in our own communities. We hope you will take time this coming holiday season to check out locally owned businesses. You are sure to find special and unique gift items that are personal and meaningful.

Participating member businesses this year include art galleries: Chautauqua Art Gallery in Lakewood and Two Lakes Studios in Mayville; book store: Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Lakewood; consignment shop: Til You Drop Shoppe in Fredonia; florist: Girton’s Flowers & Gifts in Jamestown; furniture and flooring: Moran’s Floor Store and Furniture in Jamestown and Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture in Fredonia; hair salon: A Cut Above the Rest in Silver Creek; hardware stores: ADD Lumber Company in Dunkirk, Irving, and Westfield, and Weiss Hardware in Dunkirk; interior design: Feather Your Nest in Fredonia; marina: Smith Boys of Chautauqua in Ashville; museum shops: Audubon Community Nature Center, Fenton History Center, and Roger Tory Peterson Institute all in Jamestown; satellite systems: Lane TV and Satellite in Sinclairville; retail and specialty items: Craft Cottage of Chautauqua in Falconer, Cross Roads Farm & Craft Market in Westfield, Grape Discovery Center in Westfield; Hollyloft Ski & Bike in Jamestown, Jamestown Cycle Shop in Jamestown, Skillmans in Bemus Point, and Webb’s Cottage Collection in Mayville, and thrift shop: 2nd Chances Thrift Store in Jamestown. You can also take a lunch or dinner break and dine local at these and other locally owned restaurants: Ashville General Store, Ashville; Calarco’s Italian Restaurant, Westfield; Central Station Restaurant, Dunkirk; EBC West, Fredonia; Honest John’s Pizzeria, Jamestown; Pace’s Pizza, Jamestown; and Rookies on the Lake, Dunkirk. To learn about their specials and hours for Small Business Saturday, check our website.

In addition, The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dunkirk will celebrate Small Business Saturday at the former JC Penney location in the D & F Plaza, Dunkirk, featuring snacks and beverages, vendors, activities for children, live music, and a visit from Santa! The hours are noon to 5pm on November 24. In Fredonia, Small Business Saturday kicks off a full week of shop small activities and specials leading up to the Miracle on Main celebration on December 1.

The Chamber is focused on supporting local business and helping to drive foot traffic into local businesses. As part of our Small Business Saturday project, we are helping to market small, locally owned stores that serve people right here in our own backyard. We encourage you to shop local. It really does make a difference!