With the holidays fast approaching, consumers are encouraged to support small businesses by shopping locally during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.
Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) is also asking residents around Illinois to shop at their local small businesses on Nov. 28th.
"As a small business owner myself, I understand the importance that small businesses play on local, state, and national stages. They are the backbone of the American economy, and I encourage you to regularly visit small businesses in your community,"said Brady.
First launched in 2010 as a call for shoppers to patronize local, community merchants, Small Business Saturday has since grown – turning out 88 million consumers in 2014 who spent an estimated $14.3 billion at small independent businesses.
Its estimated 45 cents of every dollar spent at a small or independent locally owned business stays in your local community.
To find small businesses in your community click here.