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Beaufort Chamber or Commerce encouraging holiday shoppers to shop small businesses

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

While lots of major retailers are getting ready for the biggest shopping holiday of the year, the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce is working to get folks to shop small this holiday season.

Small Business Saturday is this weekend. It’s geared toward driving shoppers to spend their money locally. The Beaufort Regional Chamber says when you shop small, you’re investing in your community.

“We want to remind everybody how important it is to shop local, and shop small,” said Blakely Williams, Beaufort Regional Chamber. "You have to remember that these are our neighbors and our friends so you are spending your money and your dollars supporting jobs supporting the people that live here in our community. There's people that are able to pay their payroll and support our friends and neighbors and they're able to invest in our community and help build this place that we get to call home.”

“Shop local and spend your dollars local if you can. Beaufort has wonderful shops downtown, all kinds of shops,” said Duncan Fordham, Small Business Owner.

Chamber members say more than half of the money spent at small businesses – retail or restaurants, goes right back into the local economy.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They make up a huge percentage of our jobs here in Beaufort. It’s so important to these local retailers,” Fordham.

Fordham’s store in downtown Beaufort has been open for more than 60 years.

“If we have a good season, we support our employees, their families, and we support all of these different people who need help,” said Fordham.

As a business owner, he says he sees firsthand how spending money locally can impact the city.

“We have a strong history of supporting our local community. With that being said, I like to spend my dollars here because I know my local businesses are supporting all of these different things,” said Fordham.

Small business Saturday is this weekend, right after Black Friday.

If you want to find small businesses to shop at in your area, click here.

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