Lander Mayor Del McOmie signed a proclamation Tuesday, November 13th at the weekly Lander City Council meeting, that encourages shopping local for the holidays.
McOmie and Lander City Council members spoke briefly on the importance of supporting local businesses, specifically on “Small Business Saturday.” Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, holiday shoppers are encouraged to support locally owned “mom and pop” style businesses. The creation of the event came in 2010 and was in response to what’s become the largest shopping day of the year at large retail chains, “Black Friday.”
In 2017, an estimated 43% of American adults shopped or dined at a local business to directly support Small Business Saturday.
Additionally, an estimated 90% of consumers in America say the event has had a positive impact in their community, and 73% of Small Business Saturday participants said they shopped with a family member or friend.
McOmie said that when customers shop in Lander it, “supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy, and preserve our communities.”
He said while Small Business Saturday serves as a great reminder to shop local, he hopes that customers will shop locally throughout the year.