We all love a deal. Consumers continue to look for the best way to find a bargain during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and throughout the rest of the gift-buying season. However, if we go first to the internet to find that best buy, we might be contributing to the cycle of hard times by hurting our local small businesses.
One proponent of local small business, especially in the retail sector, believes that is exactly what is happening, according to BusinessNews.
Business leaders say consumers can do their part to support local businesses. "[T]here's something simple everyone can do that can actually make an impact. Think twice before you buy on the Internet! When there's a choice of buying that gift online, or from your local retailer, buy local and keep the money in your community," said Harry J. Friedman, founder and CEO of The Friedman Group, an international retail consulting and training organization.