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Big Payoff For Shopping Huntsville's Small Businesses



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2014

(Huntsville, AL) - Thinking big this holiday season may mean thinking small - as in small business. This Saturday, November 29, Mayor Tommy Battle and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County encourage residents to participate in the annual Small Business Saturday by shopping at the hundreds of locally owned and independent stores in the area.

"Small businesses are at the core of our economic foundation," said Mayor Battle. "They historically provide more than two-thirds of our job growth, and their owners and employees are among the most devoted philanthropists and volunteers in our community. Every dollar you spend at a small business is returned to our community many times over."

For consumers overwhelmed by the wide variety of choice in today's marketplace, small businesses also provide a more intimate retail option. By offering smaller inventories, they pre-select the best quality and most unique items, and they are well positioned to know the tastes and desires of their patrons. Manageable stores, one-of-a-kind items and friendly, personal service are all hallmarks of a small business enterprise.

"We're highlighting The Little Green Store on Monte Sano Boulevard this week as a terrific example of a small business that offers unique merchandise," said Pammie Jimmar, Small Business and Events Director, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. "By specializing in hand-made crafts from artists in the region, shoppers will find specialty products they won't see elsewhere."

Statistics show that small firms are responsible for more than half of the national Gross Domestic Product. There's lots of big wins from shopping small - and not just on Nov. 29. Residents are encouraged to shop small everyday throughout the year.



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For more information:
Carrie Rice, Communications Director, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, 256-535-2108, crice@hsvchamber.org.
Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006, kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov.



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