MAHOMET — Today may be Black Friday, but local merchants are hoping to see lots of green Saturday on “Small Business Saturday.”
“I will always buy local as much as I can,” said Walter Pierce, director of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce. “You could literally do most of your shopping in Mahomet.
“I’m proud to say everything that I bought for my wife last year came from local (businesses),” he added.
Chamber members have goods and services in Mahomet ranging from household products to unique gifts, restaurants, hardware and tools, clothing, automobile needs, handmade crafts and more.
Small Business Saturday originated in 2010 as a companion to Black Friday, which focuses on large retailers, and Cyber Monday, when the spotlight turns to internet sales. This Saturday after Thanksgiving aims to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses in their hometown.
“Small Business Saturday” is a trademark of American Express.
The idea, as Pierce noted, is to keep dollars in the community. Spending to support local brick-and-mortar businesses also supports in-town jobs, re-investment in the community and more. Many local businesses support school district events and sponsor activities such as children’s baseball teams.
“If you look in Champaign, there’s brick-and-mortar stores closing,” Pierce said. “We’ve got a number of small businesses in Mahomet ... you can go there and buy gifts.
“By shopping local ... that money’s going back into the community,” he added. “It’s huge.”