Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is on the calendar once again for local businesses.
The national movement, which encourages people to shop at local small businesses for the holidays, trickled into Umatilla County a few years ago as downtown businesses in several cities began offering special deals on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce director Debbie Pedro said she hasn’t compiled a list of Hermiston businesses having sales that day, but if people check businesses’ Facebook pages or just hit the stores on Saturday they should find plenty of shopping opportunities at places like Lucky Endz Gifts.
“I think a lot of our local businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday,” Pedro said. “I know a lot of our downtown merchants are.”
Pendleton Chamber of Commerce is currently asking local business owners to submit information about their Small Business Saturday participation. The chamber plans to compile the list and put it on their website so that shoppers can know before they leave the house which stores will have sales.
Pedro said she received gift bags, posters and signs that chamber members will be able to pick up from the chamber offices to let customers know they are participating.
She said lots of chamber members are also jumping into the Black Friday frenzy by offering sales on the day after Thanksgiving.
“It’s really exciting to see some of the businesses ramping up for that,” she said.
Pedro said whenever people choose to do their shopping for Christmas presents, buying local is always a way to support friends and neighbors.
“When you support your local businesses, you’re supporting jobs, and you’re supporting the opportunity to have great products available right here in the community,” she said.