The holiday shopping season means "Big Money" for many major businesses throughout the area, but the town of Somers Point is taking part in an annual event called "Small Business Saturday" to help encourage residents to shop locally this holiday season.
Black Friday is one of our nation's busiest shopping days of the year, but it's the day that follows the madness of Black Friday that small business owners look forward to and that day is known as "Small Business Saturday."
"It's fantastic because it gets people to realize that the little guy is here to wait on them and service them," said store owner Fred Dodd.
Fred Dodd, owner of The Hub has been in business in the small town of Somers Point for 29 years.
And for residents in the area, the idea of having a day designed to encourage shoppers to shop at small businesses is a great way to help owners like Fred compete with large businesses during the holiday season.
"Well the small businesses are the people who live and work next to us in our community so we have to support each other especially now," said shopper Mary Tumolo.
"Without small business we would lose 50% of America's job in the economy," explained shopper Aras Grinius. "I have a small business, my girlfriend has a small business, and her mother has a small business, so it's the heartland of America."
This year marked the nation's 3rd annual "Small Business Saturday" in an effort to help fuel the economy.
And for the business community of Somers Point, promoting small business shopping seems to be working.
"This year seems better than almost any. We've one well yesterday, we did great; today we're doing fantastic," Dodd said.
"Anything that Somers Point can do to help encourage people to stay in the community is good," express Tumolo.