Proclamation to Support Local Shops on Saturdays and Small Business Everyday

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – After eating turkey this Thursday, the holiday weekend is turning into a shopping extravaganza for many families. But on Tuesday, Sioux Falls leaders came together to remind holiday shoppers of the importance of shopping locally this holiday weekend.

“In South Dakota, 99% of businesses in our state are small businesses and they employ nearly 60% of the workforce,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken.

Mayor TenHaken read the city’s Small Business Proclamation on Saturday, highlighting the important role that all small businesses play in the local economy.

“The small business community is really the heart of our community,” TenHaken said.

“Think about nonprofits in your community,” said Nyberg’s Ace owner Kevin Nyberg. “It’s the small businesses, the independent businesses that make these nonprofits thrive. I’m part of it and I’m proud to be part of it.

Nyberg has many local small business owners encouraging shoppers to try their local stores as they fill their holiday shopping lists, especially with current global supply chain issues.

“They have to give us a chance, I know many, many, many small businesses that have been sourcing and responding faster than larger organizations. That’s an advantage for small businesses, we can react quickly, whether it’s the weather or a hot topic, whatever it is,” Nyberg said.

“We have so many fun and unique items, little gifts that go great in a stocking stuffer,” said Game Chest owner Amanda Wermers.

Game Chest is another favorite local store during the holidays.

“The holiday season accounts for about a quarter of our annual revenue,” Wermers said.

Wermers says you can not only get hard-to-find items from your local retailers, but also much better service.

“Our specialty is to take something very complicated and complex, scale it down so the parent or buyer can have a confident understanding of what they’re giving their friend,” Wermers said. “If you go to a big box store or Amazon, they can’t narrow your search for you. “

It’s just another reason to try your local stores, especially this weekend for Small Business Saturday.

“We urge residents of our community to support small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday, but especially throughout the year,” Mayor TenHaken said.

Small Business Saturday is this week November 27and. It’s a day when many small business owners like Game Chest book their biggest sales of the year. A time to encourage and celebrate customers for local purchases.