BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — As the dust settles from the busiest shopping day of the year today, Black Friday, another day, Shop Small Saturday, encourages consumers to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and give their attention to their local businesses.
When dollars are spent at an independent, local business, more money is kept in the hometown — supporting the community’s social services, schools, the public library and local non-profits. How so? Locally-owned businesses return about 63 percent of each dollar to their community. And each dollar spent at a local business will return up to five times that amount within the community through city taxes, employees’ wages and purchases of materials, supplies and services at other independent businesses.