Shop locally this holiday

No matter when you shop during the Christmas holiday season, we’d encourage you to remember to shop locally.

Today is the 6th annual “Small Business Saturday,” a national movement established in 2010 to support small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Most businesses scattered throughout southern Columbiana County and northern Hancock County are locally-owned. We need to support them year-round, so why not get started now.

According to, your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

There are many advantages to staying local, as well, including transportation cost, convenience and time.

It’s estimated that 8.8 million shoppers throughout the nation took part in 2014, spending an estimated $14.3 billion at small independent businesses. The movement is working.

Remember, these small community businesses are the same ones you contact to support the latest fundraising effort, whether it be youth sports teams, school-related activities or aiding a family in need.

Now it’s our turn to support them.

Keep the money home this season. Shop local.