Black Friday is here, and as shoppers begin checking items off their list for their loved ones, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce wants to remind them of the importance of shopping local.
While many shoppers have their eyes on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is also Small Business Saturday, a national campaign started in 2010 that celebrates locally-owned shops and stores and promotes shopping at them during the holiday season.
Chamber President Wende Ragonis Anderson says the support that local businesses provide to the Washington County community is invaluable, so it is important to give back to them whenever possible.
To kick off the holiday shopping season, the Chamber is launching a campaign called “Give the Gift of Local”. On the Chamber’s website, www.brenhamtexas.com, a special page divides local businesses into three categories: Specialty Shopping, Dining & Entertainment, and Health & Beauty.
Ragonis Anderson says this tool can be used to gather ideas for a variety of gifts.
Ragonis Anderson reminds shoppers that any time they buy a taxable good or service in Washington County, a portion of the sales tax dollars from that purchase stay in the county to support local parks, economic development initiatives and first responders.