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Consumers in Oklahoma and elsewhere are urged to keep it local on Small Business Saturday

This Saturday, shoppers in Oklahoma and nationwide are encouraged to spend some of their holiday shopping dollars at a small business. American Express card holders can receive a $25 credit when they spend $25 or more.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: November 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
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Shop Good is one local retailer participating in Small Business Saturday. Photo by Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman Archives STEVE LACKMEYER - BUSINESS WRITER

The store will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday, because “we like our sleep, too” Harris said, and will treat shoppers to sales, new products, a giveaway and free coffee and cinnamon rolls.

Shopping local benefits the consumer, who often receives more personal service from a local business owner invested in their community, said Jerrod Shouse, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, which promotes Small Business Saturday for its members.

“You park up front, don't have to fight a huge crowd,” he said. “I think overall, if you shop local, you are going to be in a better mood.”

It also supports the local economy, and sales taxes go to fund community services such as police, fire and parks. By shopping or dining at a small business, consumers help local entrepreneurs offer more jobs, boosting the economy, according to American Express.

by Jennifer Palmer
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Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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If you go

Small Business Saturday

When: Saturday.

Where: Small businesses across the country.

Why: To support community businesses. American Express card holders who register their card online can receive a $25 credit when they spend $25 or more at a small business on Saturday.

For more information: Visit www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small.

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