WEAKLEY COUNTY (November 28) – Many locally-owned area businesses participated in an annual event, which highlights small businesses each year.
Small Business Saturday was even more important this year for local businesses, due to the financial strain felt as a result of COVID-19. This year, many opened their doors physically and virtually to give shoppers an opportunity to support their local business owners.
Many businesses in Weakely County opened Saturday for shoppers hoping to get the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season of Hanukah and Christmas. Some stores had special holiday offers and discounts and many owners were happy to see so many coming out to shop local.
Small Business Saturday began in 2010 through an idea by American Express to highlight the importance of small businesses during the time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small businesses are a big part of what make Tennessee a great place to work and live. They also contribute immensely to Tennessee’s outstanding workforce. There are over 142,428 small businesses in Tennessee employing fewer than 100 employees and 470,330 non-employer firms. 53.3 percent of the private sector working population works in a small business with fewer than 100 employees and out of that percentage, 23.5 percent of the private sector working population works in a business with fewer than 20 employees. Tennessee prides itself in having a strong entrepreneurial climate and small businesses are part of how the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tennessee succeeds.
In 2011, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day, and officials in all 50 states participate.
Small businesses are the backbones of local communities as owners and employees are neighbors, fellow church members, coaches for ball teams and generous sponsors for local clubs and organizations. With so many impacted by COVID restrictions this year, small businesses are asking the community to mask up and stop by their shops for one-of-a-kind, quality gifts for the holiday shopping season. All offer gift card purchases, which takes the guesswork out of picking a gift out and helps keep the businesses’ doors open.