Albany businesses celebrate 10th annual Small Business Saturday

(ALBANY, GA)- While it may seem tempting to get the larger than life gifts on Black Friday, or shop on Cyber Monday, Albany’s local businesses got to take part in the 10th annual Small Business Saturday.

As well as bringing in plenty of money to the community.

“What we know is that out of every dollar spent at a local business, 67 cents recirculates within your local economy. So if you think of that, it’s almost a 67% return on your shop local experience and your shop small experience,” says Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Barbara Rivera Holmes.

The unofficial holiday started in 2009, and for its entire ten year run, the city of Albany has taken part in the community oriented day.

Holmes tells us, “It’s a big deal to our local establishments, our small businesses when we spend those dollars locally.”

We spoke with a couple of local business owners in aAlbany about Small Business Saturday, and how it highlights the backbone of any community.

Terri Stumpe, who owns The Royal Collection boutique says, “It’s nice that Small Business Saturday brings people in and makes them aware of shopping local, and it does help the bottom line.”

Adarah Cherry, a sales associate at Bandit and the Babe in Downtown Albany tells us, “It’s just cool to see our normal customers come in, especially on Small Business Saturday, and Black Friday is also a big boost of people we haven’t seen ever, but it’s really neat.”

The city of Albany hosted more small businesses from across the state downtown Saturday afternoon.