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Shop Small aids local merchants - on Sat 29 Nov 2014

First weekend after Thanksgiving. Many CM 7 County area businesses are participating with special sales, door prizes, and more. It's a grassroots movement aimed at driving shoppers to local merchants, especially those in distinctive downtowns, whether they are part of the Main Street program or not.

By Diane Comer
From State of Kentucky news services

FRANKFORT, KY - First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. In 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving - and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants. This year, Small Business Saturday will be November 29, the highlight of many holiday events and activities planned and already underway in Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) communities and other communities. KYMS was created in 1979 to help reverse the economic decline that had taken place in many small communities as retailers and housing began to move away from downtown.

"Small Business Saturday fits perfectly with the goals of Kentucky Main Street because our focus is local, independent, small business owners," said Kitty Dougoud, KYMS state coordinator. "Supporting friends, neighbors and local artisans keeps dollars in the community and creates a thriving downtown."

Kentucky is fortunate to have many communities that have distinctive downtowns with large stocks of historic buildings uniquely suited for the restaurants, boutiques and businesses found there. These locally owned enterprises often feature Kentucky Crafted or Kentucky Proud products, specialize in Kentucky-made artwork and jewelry, or feature books on Kentucky history, architecture and cultural traditions.

This story was posted on 2014-11-09 06:51:19
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