The United States celebrated local neighborhood businesses on Saturday, November 28, 2020. But why stop there? NFIB will continue to encourage the support of our Ohio small businesses all throughout the holiday season.
Roger Geiger, Executive Director for NFIB in Ohio had a piece published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com.
“Ohio entrepreneurs are hurting. Small Business Saturday can be part of the cure”
“And they will only survive with the support of their local customers. For those who do not feel safe in stores, many offer online shopping experiences, curbside pick-up, and delivery, for both shops and restaurants. There is no reason to avoid helping entrepreneurs as they struggle to stay open and provide meaningful jobs for their employees.”
NFIB member since 2015, Linda Tomlinson, owner of Casa Chic in Wapakoneta, Ohio spoke with the Lima News on the importance of Small Business Saturday.
“It’s the heartbeat of any downtown. It truly helps to drive and support the whole area by shopping small and shopping local.”
In The Columbus Dispatch, ‘Small Businesses Saturday brings a message with the sales’ references NFIB’s survey on the sustainability of small businesses.
Small businesses are particularly eager to get the word out this year, which has been devastating. A National National Federation of Independent Business survey in August found that 21% of small businesses might be forced to close if the economy doesn’t improve and another 19% said they would not last more than 7 to 12 months under current conditions.
Many other papers and websites across Ohio covered Small Business Saturday. All Ohioans will make a significant difference this year if they continue the momentum and think local and maximize shopping to support small businesses.