Once Thanksgiving dinner is over everyone starts getting ready for the sales… Black Friday and Cyber Monday to be exact. However, this year many are reminding shoppers about another special day of sales, Small Business Saturday.

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What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages shoppers to support local businesses in their community. This holiday first came on the radar in 2010 when American Express launched the shopping day at the height of the Great Recession.

Small businesses all across Acadiana are gearing up for the holiday shopping season and this year may be the most important year of all for them. This year it is more important than ever to support all businesses, especially those small businesses in our community that we love. Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and Downtown Development Authority held a press conference yesterday to help promote the event and day of shopping.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, they're creating jobs for so many people in the Lafayette area and they create a really vibrant space for us to celebrate our culture and enjoy our downtown, enjoy downtown Lafayette," explained William Labar, incoming president of DLU. "So getting out on Saturday to support small businesses is really, really critical."

Here in Acadiana, we are blessed to have so many local businesses that are in our communities. In my opinion, this is one of the things that makes this community so special. So while you are making your Christmas list this year, keep those small businesses in mind this holiday season.

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