Sen. Carper Encourages Shoppers to Buy Local this Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday is November 24

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper encouraged shoppers to go to Delaware’s small businesses for their purchases in anticipation of this holiday’s shopping rush. Small Business Saturday is a national movement that marks a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, Small Business Saturday is an event that drives shoppers to local, independently-owned merchants.

“Delawareans are fortunate to have so many wonderful, locally-owned businesses throughout our state, especially as the holiday shopping season approaches,” said Sen. Carper. “I encourage shoppers to visit their neighborhood small businesses in Delaware every day, but especially this Saturday, November 24th, Small Business Saturday. We need to boost our national economy, but we can’t forget to also lend a hand to the main street businesses right here in the First State.”

Small Business Saturday was first held in 2010. More than 1.2 million Facebook users, 130 small business advocate groups, public and private organizations and government leaders joined the movement. Last year, more than 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day.