Small but mighty, that’s the theme this weekend as Small Business Saturday continues the shopping spirit in Northwest Arkansas.
“There’s a lot of people here on the square and it’s difficult to compete online with things like Amazon,” said Shindig Paperie Co-owner Christy Smith.
Giving the chance for local businesses to compete with the big boys.
“There’s no way we can compete on Black Friday at all, so it just gives us the opportunity to have sales and specials and have people come in and not try to compete on Black Friday with the big box stores,” said Milk Carton owner April Mallord.
Small businesses equal a big impact. According to entrepenuear magazine there’s between 25 and 27 million small businesses in the nation accounting for 60 to 80 percent of jobs in the United States. Successful small businesses can also improve property value and bring a major boost to local economies like in Northwest Arkansas.
“About 80 percent of the money goes back into the community with taxes or like here we have local makers so it goes directly to them and then they put it back into the community,” said Mallord.
It also gives community members the chance to interact with their local business owners.
“People coming downtown, maybe they don’t come downtown very often maybe they shop more out towards the mall area. Any opportunity to come back down to the square and see the mom and pop shops and see the vendors down here is a good thing,” said Smith.