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Council to Ask Citizens to Shop Locally for Holidays

Anderson County Council wants citizens to shop locally this holiday season. That's why December will be officially proclaimed "Small Business Month" in the county as part of Tuesday night's regular council meeting tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown..

"We wanted to do something to show our support for our local businesses in Anderson County," said Anderson County Councilman Craig Wooten.

"Our local businesses are the backbone of our economy," Wooten said. "They are the ones who invest back into the community, empowering our local communities to do great things."

Dollars spent at local merchants create a multiplier in the local economy, meaning that from each dollar spent at a local independent merchant, 2 to 3.5 recirculates in the local economy compared to a dollar spent at chain-owned businesses. This “local multiplier effect” means shifting more local purchasing to independent businesses is a key tool for creating more local jobs.

The proclamation concludes:

"Now therefore, Anderson County Council is grateful to recognize the small businesses within Anderson County. We do hereby encourage the residents of Anderson County to shop locally specifically during November 25, 2018 through December 24, 2018 in support of "Small Business Month" and throughout the year to ensure our local economy continues to prosper throughout the New Year."

Wooten said he hopes the people of Anderson County will shop more locally and less online.

"I like spending my money locally," Wooten said. "Anderson County Council wants people to know we have a great appreciation for not only our local businesses, but from those who shop locally."

Full Agenda for Tuesday's council meeting here.

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