BY CHRISTA LIMONE
The Borough of Woodland Park celebrates its local small businesses and the contributions they make to the local economy and community.
Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Council issued a proclamation at the Nov. 7 Council meeting marking Nov. 24, 2018 as “Small Business Saturday,” and urged residents of Woodland Park, and communities across the country, to support small businesses and merchants on “Small Business Saturday” and throughout the year.
The proclamation was given to Woodland Park Business Association President and Secretary Pasquale Spinoso and Mary Ann Spinoso, owners of Trevi Fine Jewelry, by Mayor Kazmark and Councilman Gary Holloway.
Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and U.S. consumers have reported spending an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants over these eight days alone.
Ninety percent of consumers say “Small Business Saturday” has had a positive impact on their community; and 89% of consumers who are aware of “Small Business Saturday” said this particular day encourages them to “shop small” all year long.
Seventy-three percent of consumers who reportedly “shopped small” at independently-owned retailers and restaurants on “Small Business Saturday” did so with friends or family; and the most reported reason for consumers aware of a special day to shop and dine at small, independently-owned businesses was to support their community.