Supporting local businesses this holiday season

Supporting local businesses this holiday season

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Small Business Saturday falls the day after Black Friday, but for businesses all across the United States, the holiday season matters more this year than it ever did before.

“Retailers, they do 10 to 20 percent of their business during December. So, it’s very important that we support them as we try to wrap up what has been a very devastating year with all that they’ve been through,” said George Swift, President and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

Swift explained, local businesses are relying on consumers and their community to sustain them this year.

“A lot of the smaller businesses don’t have the resources that the larger companies have to sustain this, so, the more we can do to shop with the small businesses and support them, the better off they’ll be,” Swift said. “Small businesses employ about 50 percent of the workforce, so many of the folks that you know and neighbors that you know, work in small businesses. So, it’s important that we shop with them.”

Local business Victoria’s on Oak in Sulphur suffered damages after the hurricanes. Now reopened, they explained they’re hoping more local businesses come back, especially here in Southwest Louisiana.

“This year more than ever, it’s very important to support small businesses and shop local,” said Megan Adams, manager for Victoria’s. “There are many many small business owners that are barely doing their normal inventory and hours and stuff. More than ever this year, we’re praying that everybody shops local and supports each other. And luckily, Sulphur is a very strong community and everybody seems to be sticking together.”

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