BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)— As Black Friday ended, Small Business Saturday began in Beckley in an effort to bring the community out for holiday shopping to support the many small businesses and celebrate the community.
“There’s a lot of great local businesses that people are unaware of, so this is a good way for them to get more exposure and draw more people downtown. It’s a community minded event that helps our economy and helps build the holiday spirit,” said Jared Kaplan, Board Member of Downtown Beckley Business Association.
Small Business Saturday always occurs during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Many local businesses in Beckley showcased their products and services to let customers discover and support the local small business community.
Two thirteen year old boys, Jacob and Emmett, represent what small businesses are all about. They shared their experience on how they are starting a small business in their local school and eventually bringing it to the community.
“Thirty or so people were picked [to start a business] and then they told us about the program. We learned a few vocab words on it [business] and on Monday, for our school, we are starting to sell our products,” said Jacob Walker and Emmett Gathercoen, who began a 3D printing business in their school.
Small Business Saturday is a time for the community to support local businesses. Many local shops in Beckley will offer special deals and discounts throughout the weekend.