Small Business Saturday puts spotlight on MOV’s businesses

PARKERSBURG — People around the Mid-Ohio Valley will be able to discover many small businesses in their own area and see everything they have to offer during Small Business Saturday tomorrow.

The annual shopping day, dedicated to getting people to frequent the small businesses in their communities, was started in 2010 by American Express. It is between Black Friday when big retailers roll out their big holiday sales and Cyber Monday when many online retailers offer holiday deals and sales.

According to the Federal Small Business Administration, small businesses create two of every three new net private-sector jobs in the United States. This spurs economic development in communities across this country.

From small boutiques that sell clothing and jewelry to shops that sell sporting goods, antiques, home decor, flowers, books, furniture and more, small businesses provide their communities with many goods and services throughout the year. They can be restaurants, cafes and bistros; pharmacies, photography businesses; and more.

Many have special offers and discounts they offer that day to encourage people to come in and see what they have available. Many regularly employ a variety of local people and add to the community’s tax base.

“We have many locally owned small businesses in the Mid-Ohio Valley and while we hope that consumers frequent them all throughout the year, Small Business Saturday is a great day to celebrate and support these retailers and all they do for the community,” said Jill Parsons, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In Marietta, the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce has joined in a partnership with the Marietta/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Clutch MOV and Marietta Main Street to encourage the community’s participation for Small Business Saturday, said Morgan Brown, Member Services Manager with the Marietta Chamber.

They have over 40 businesses participating in Small Business Saturday.

Area business representatives will be handing out bags with coupons, Marietta Bucks and offers to shoppers who are out and about this Saturday.

The goal is not only to get shoppers to come down that Saturday, but encourage people to do business with small local businesses all year long, Brown said.

“We want to show that small businesses have everything they need,” Brown said. “Without small businesses, we would not have as good of an economy locally.”

In Belpre, there will be over 20 retail businesses, services and non-profits are joining as partners to encourage shoppers to investigate the retail, tourism and service stops to be found in the local area, said Karen Waller, Executive Director of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Saturday is a great way to draw attention to the treasures that shoppers can find in smaller, local stores, restaurants and services,” she said. “Our member businesses work hard every day to provide the products that customers want, and often it is a challenge just to stay open in light of competition from bigger stores and on-line shopping.”

“Our members are located in Parkersburg, Marietta, Vincent, Barlow and throughout Belpre. Give them a chance on Saturday and every day to show you what you can purchase.”

Today’s edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel includes the 2017 MOV Wish Book featuring ads highlighting special sales at many small businesses throughout the area.