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Shop small in Elgin on Saturday

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    Mayor Chris Cannon presents a proclamation encouraging Elginites to shop small this Saturday with Katy Gassaway from Main Street yoga studio Body + Shine Wellness.

Join the search for Priscilla the pig mascot for the Elgin Hogeye Festival at participating businesses on Saturday, November 30. As you find Priscilla, enter to win Downtown Dollar Gift Certificates and enjoy refreshments, store specials and holiday sales.

As you’re making your holiday shopping list or sharing your holiday wishes with friends and family, consider what a difference you can make by shopping in Elgin. Small businesses are the engine of our economy. They drive innovation and local employment, and they are integral to what makes this a great place to live. Shop Small November 30 in Elgin and then keep choosing to Shop Elgin First and Dine Elgin First all year long!

This is a great small town – and it’s filled with amazing locally-owned businesses! This Thanksgiving, take advantage of Shop Small Saturday and get to know these locally owned businesses even better. From a custom shaped hat, to accessories, clothing, home décor and delicious food, you may be surprised at the depth of knowledge these local business owners have and the high-quality customer service they provide.

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce, the Elgin Main Street Board and the Economic Development Corporation are joining forces with American Express to celebrate Shop Small Saturday on November 30. Created to recognize the impact that independent and locally owned businesses have on the economy, Shop Small Saturday is a national movement to encourage local shopping.

According to a proclamation by Mayor Chris Cannon designating November 30 as Small Business Saturday in Elgin, 28.8 million small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States, have been responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years and employ 48 percent of the country’s private-sector employees. Additionally, on average, 33 percent of holiday shopping will be done at small, independently-owned businesses, 91 percent of consumers believe supporting small, independently-owned restaurants and bars is important, and 76 percent of consumers plan to visit one or more small businesses as part of their holiday shopping.