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Local businesses hope to cash in on Small Business Saturday

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Lots of people are gearing up for Black Friday Shopping, but area businesses are hoping to cash in the next day as well for Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses.

Small Business Saturday supporters reported spending more than $5.5 billion at independently-owned businesses on that day last year.

"North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses, and they play a vital role in creating jobs and building economic opportunity in our local communities across the state,"U.S. Senator Kay Hagan said. "Small business owners are our friends and neighbors, and their entrepreneurial spirit is critical to revitalizing our North Carolina economy and advancing our recovery."

"I am committed to supporting policy ideas that will help our small businesses grow and thrive: closing the skills gap in our workforce, reducing unnecessary federal regulations, boosting trade export opportunities and expanding access to capital," Hagan continued. "I hope North Carolinians will join me in heading down to Main Street this Saturday to show our support for local small businesses."

This year, four local Post Offices will participate, providing shipping for Shop-Small-branded merchandise ordered on ShopSmall.com.

In addition, USPS will promote Small Business Saturday to millions of consumers through direct mail, on USPS.com, and in select Post Office locations, including Monroe Post Office and three locations in Charlotte: Carmel Road, South Providence, and WT Harris.

"Now more than ever, our priority is helping small business owners become more competitive," Charlotte's Acting Postmaster Dean Roberts says. "We've improved our features while maintaining the value and pricing small businesses require from a shipping partner." 

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