Support urged for Small Business Saturday

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The Greater Atlantic City Chamber urges Atlantic County residents to support local small businesses on the third annual Small Business Saturday, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 24.

Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the United States. It is intended to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the glue that holds communities together,” said Joseph Kelly, chamber president. “By spreading the word about Small Business Saturday, we can help raise awareness about the vital role small businesses play in our region and in cities and towns across the country at a time when they need support the most.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, this year’s Small Business Saturday takes on added significance, Kelly said.

“Even those businesses that were not directly damaged by the storm have been adversely affected by its overall impact on our region,” he added.

“We’ve all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, if you have the opportunity to shop on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, make it a point to visit local small businesses. It really can make a meaningful difference for merchants trying to succeed. And when they succeed, we all benefit.”

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