NFIB State Director Rosemary Elebash says this weekend’s sales tax holiday is a good opportunity for people who support local businesses still recovering from the COVID-19 shutdown.
“The pandemic is affecting all kinds of businesses, but it’s been especially hard on small, independent businesses,” Elebash said. “That’s why we’re encouraging people to shop for books, clothes, computers, and school supplies at locally-owned stores this weekend.
“Small business is the cornerstone of the state’s economy,” Elebash said. “According to a study from American Express, 67 cents of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the community and creates an additional 50 cents in local business activity as employees and owners purchase local goods and services.
“Supporting small business is especially important now when local merchants, who already are trying to recover from the economic shutdown, are investing in additional supplies and equipment to protect their customers and employees from the pandemic,” Elebash said. “Small businesses are also focused on customer service, offering curbside pickup and, in many cases, allowing customers to order online.
“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to support the local community and support their friends and neighbors by shopping small this weekend,” Elebash said. “When you help small businesses, you help everyone.”