North Dakotans Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Bismarck - Small businesses can make a big economic impact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Small businesses make up more than 97 percent of U.S. employers.

Amongst the hustle and bustle and shoppers filling the streets,this town is making an effort to go small.

"Local businesses are the backbone to our community, and if you're not shopping them, and supporting the local community and local businesses, there just aren't going to be any," Kris Haug, Mandan Progress Organization says.

And to keep that backbone strong, Mandan is promoting everything local this Small Business Saturday.

This town is pitching in and getting more people downtown and shopping small.

"Anything you're spending with us is getting spent right back into the community," Gregory Neustel, Perk N Beans Coffee Roasters says.

Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs and supported 44 percent of America's private payroll, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

One local business owner says when you spend money at a local business it stays there.

"We keep the money in the community," Neustel says.

Which Neustel says can give the local economy a boost but that isn't the only reason to keep shopping closer to home.

"You get repeat customers, you kind of build a relationship with them, they keep coming back, and they become like family," Neustel says.

Liz France began her business less than a year ago and says community support is even more important to small businesses like hers.

"You need to get people familiar with the product that you're trying to sell and going homemade no matter it's soap or something sewn, there's an extra level of care that goes into it," Liz France, The Smiling Elf Soap Shoppe says.

And seeing a familiar face can mean the world to a business owner who is just starting out.

"Having a small business like this, and being supported by your community, is a wonderful thing," France says.

Spending close to home in the hopes of keeping communities thriving.

This was the 8th Annual Small Business Saturday across the country.

Mandan is one of many cities across the country participating in small business Saturday to help promote and attract new customers to local businesses.

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