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Keeping East Texas business strong, Small Business Saturday


POSTED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 8:54pm

UPDATED: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 9:36pm

The Saturday following Thanksgiving marks Small Business Saturday. A national event founded by American Express to promote small and local businesses.

We visited local shops and restaurants in East Texans to see how they're celebrating a day dedicated to their business.

Shelby Burkett, owner of Mary V's in Tyler tells us, supporting small businesses is the backbone of America. " We ready need to support these locally small owned businesses," said Burkett. Mary V's is celebrating 50 years. Burkett tells us, just like any small business, it takes a lot of work and dedication.

Les Elsworth, owner of The Potpourri House in Tyler says, for 32 years he has had  loyal customers. He tells us, holiday business had been good, people are coming in to support Small Business Saturday and buying their unique Christmas decorations.

Frank Vasquez "Mr V." of Salon Verve, Hair Salon in Tyler says, giving the best quality service is the best way to grow your business within. "When people come in and gave an awesome experience they'll be back," said Vasquez.

Brian and Tanya Merritt, Co-Chairmen of Tyler Cattle Barons Gala tell us, shopping local is the thing to do in Texas.

"The money raised says within East Texas and it benefits the community as well," said Tanya Merritt.

"We have a diverse economy that like to support local businesses and their friends," said Brian Merritt.

 The U.S. Small Business Administration reports, the country’s 23 million small businesses account for about 54 percent of all U.S. retail sales.

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