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The free Meet the Lenders conference will be co-hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce. But in Nevada, over 53 percent of Nevada workers are hired at locally-owned businesses, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Our local hashtag for the offers available this year is #ShopLebanonTN.

The last day of this year's drawing ends on Small Business Saturday, giving participants an opportunity to shop at local businesses to enter for a chance to win the grand prize: a four seated Honda Pioneer UTV, with an accompanying utility trailer from Ott's Farm Equipment & Fallon Welding.

Small Business Saturday falls on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving - or as some know it - the recovery day after Black Friday. Great customer service is important to local shops because that's one way they really can shine in the matchup with large retailers and online merchants.

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ nearly 50 percent of the US workforce.

"I am creating a Shop Small Passport, which will be distributed to shoppers", she said.

You will be entered into a drawing for each stamp you receive.

This year, business owners in the city's Northwood Village neighborhood are hoping to turn Small Business Saturday - the day set aside for supporting small business owners - into a weekend-long "bargain extravaganza" with a variety of coupons, raffles, door prizes and other discounts. We can do our part to help them thrive. "It's nice to be able to get friends together and go from store to store to shop".

"It brings you back to what the holidays are supposed to be", she said. "By supporting Montana artists, we're keeping money in the state".

Unlike the Black Friday advertising madness, Small Business Saturday deals aren't necessarily widely distributed ahead of time.

"It can be tough to compete with bigger corporations", added Murphy.

"Visitors to my store get a very personal experience", said Goldthwait. As a patron I appreciate knowing that someone is choosing items specific to the area or the customer base in the area. How often do you get those? "You're not going to find that at Target". NFIB, the nation's leading small business advocacy organization, supports the tax reform legislation that recently passed the House of Representatives as well as the Senate's plan.

The campaign to "shop small" on the Saturday after Thanksgiving began in 2010 to help small businesses that were struggling to recover from the last recession. They appreciate your business as well.

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