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CEDA: Keep shopping small and local this season – Auburn Citizen

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Devon Roblee
Special to The Citizen

Cayuga County has reported a higher than expected growth in sales tax revenue for 2021. This is encouraging news for our local economy and a testament to our supportive community. In these challenging times, whether supply chain issues or concern for our area businesses compelled you, shoppers chose to spend their dollars locally. As we do every year around this time, we at the Cayuga Economic Development Agency …….

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Cayuga County has reported a higher than expected growth in sales tax revenue for 2021. This is encouraging news for our local economy and a testament to our supportive community. In these challenging times, whether supply chain issues or concern for our area businesses compelled you, shoppers chose to spend their dollars locally. As we do every year around this time, we at the Cayuga Economic Development Agency are asking you again to think local while you are holiday shopping.

Tied-up inventory and labor uncertainties have led large retailers to launch their Black Friday deals far in advance of the actual shopping holiday. I’m sure your mailboxes and inboxes have already been stuffed with big box offers. Save some of your holiday budget for Small Business Saturday, too.

Small Business Saturday, which occurs the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. This year, Small Business Saturday is Nov. 27. Many of the small businesses in our community will be participating in the festivities this year by offering promotions and special deals, so head to our downtowns and local stores to check them out.

Rather shop from the comfort of your home or office? Visit the social media page or website of your favorite local store, restaurant or business. Sign up for the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District weekly email, which has holiday specials, discounts and incentives for Small Business Saturday and other information about businesses in downtown Auburn. The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce offers an online directory that lists chamber member businesses by category and will aide your local holiday shopping adventures. Search for #shopcayuga on almost any social media platform for a plethora of posts suggesting where to shop local.

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All of this searching for gifts will surely work up an appetite. Head over to the Cayuga County Office of Tourism’s website for a listing of local restaurants and craft breweries. While you place your order, why not add a gift card or two to check off of your list that stocking stuffer, employee gift or present for the person who has everything?

The Taste NY store at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center (25 South St., Auburn) has nothing but made-in-New York items, many from right here in Cayuga County. Can’t pick just one thing? They also put together local product holiday baskets. And don’t forget about swag, tickets, memberships and gift certificates from your favorite arts venue or historic site.

Small Business Saturday is about more than just shopping, it’s about community sustainability. Buying from our Cayuga County small retailers and service providers means that the businesses themselves can …….

Source: https://auburnpub.com/business/local/ceda-keep-shopping-small-and-local-this-season/article_0089ac61-cf12-59ec-9566-7cb2b0c55e72.html