Small Business Saturday By Rachel Thompson 11/23/2016 There's something special about Small Business Saturday, especially in our local area. From cute storefronts in Berlin to boutiques in Ocean City, we have an abundance of family-run businesses to meet our holiday shopping needs this season! Why shop small? 1. Our local communities will thrive when we invest in local businesses - the money you spend at local shops is more likely to stay in your community, leading to a flourishing local economy. 2. Small businesses are friendly! Oftentimes you will meet the owner while shopping locally - this is a great opportunity to network and meet new friends! 3. Many shops offer local specials - be on the look out for specials and deals targeted directly at locals like yourself to save some money this holiday season. 4. Local businesses give back to the local community - not only does much of the money spent in small businesses remain in the local community (see #1), but these organizations have a record of giving back to the community through service projects and donations to charities. 5. Helpful employees can be found in these businesses - you can gain a more personal shopping experience by shopping small this season. Need an option on which shoes to choose? Look no further than the local store attendant. Thanks for reading!