NFIB State Director Chris Carlozzi is urging people to support local, independent businesses throughout the holiday season.
In a column that ran before Thanksgiving in The Boston Herald and elsewhere, Carlozzi encouraged readers to shop small not only on Small Business Saturday but throughout the holiday season. Small Business Saturday was Nov. 26. Shoppers spent an estimated $23.3 billion nationwide on Small Business Saturday, according to a survey by American Express and NFIB.
“Well-established Massachusetts retail shops and restaurants were not only forced to hang closed signs on their doors for months, but also faced the anxiety of trying to adhere to the state’s many guidelines and restrictions waiting to fully reopen. All while attempting to keep their customers and workers safe.” Carlozzi said. “The struggles have not yet ended for our local entrepreneurs and job creators. Labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, inflation and government-imposed burdens present new challenges for mom-and-pop shops.”
“Spending money locally also benefits consumers. Small businesses pride themselves in excellent customer service, and in many cases, you will be dealing with the owners themselves. They are often more than happy to help customers find that special gift or go the extra mile to make sure you return,” he said. “Remember, these are the same businesses that often sponsor your children’s sports teams or school fundraisers and play a vital role in the community.”
Read the whole commentary: Carlozzi: Small Business Saturday a boon to shoppers & local shops (bostonherald.com)