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Why Shopping Local Is Important To Area Entrepreneurs, Vendors

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Many businesses around the area held special deals, events, and samplings for Small Business Saturday. 

Local businesses like Little Venice held a Holiday Sip, Taste, & Shop in their store this afternoon. 

"The small businesses are what keep our community going," said Gina Minichino, owner of Little Venice. 

Not just gift shops and restaurants benefit from shopping local, places like garden centers feel the economic impact too. 

Farmer Brown's Marketplace works together with a variety of local craftspeople to display their products while customers are buying their Christmas trees or wreaths. 

Owner Logan Keeney says that if you spend your money with local craftspeople, artisans, and businesses, they are going to spend their money in the community the same way.

"It's really the fuel to the economy...local businesses and local entrepreneurs who are at the grindstone every day trying to make things happen," said Keeney. 

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were 30.7 million small businesses in 2016, compared to 19,699 large businesses.