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Happy Small Business Saturday, everybody! Today is that time of the year when we come together to show our utmost appreciation for local small businesses. As we emerge from a truly challenging year, let us not forget the efforts and sacrifices of small business owners who put their hearts and souls into building their businesses. They form the backbone of our local economies and help support and strengthen our communities in numerous ways. Today, we want to honor and recognize the heroes of our communities, the small businesses and their owners. Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. They bring character, flavor, and diversity to the places we live and work in. Whether it’s the cozy coffee shop on the corner, the family-owned restaurant that’s been around for generations, or the boutique store that supports local artisans, small businesses provide unique shopping and dining experiences that make our neighborhoods special. They create jobs, pay taxes, and reinvest in the community, contributing to its overall economic growth.

Small businesses also play a crucial role in shaping the local culture and fostering a sense of community. They are often the ones who sponsor the local sports teams, volunteer for charity events, or host neighborhood gatherings. They are involved in the community and give back to their customers in various ways. In return, the community supports them and keeps their doors open for years to come. It’s a symbiotic relationship where everyone benefits.

Unfortunately, the pandemic hit small businesses the hardest. Many were forced to close their doors, and many more struggled to stay afloat. It’s been a challenging year, but small business owners persevered and found ways to adapt to the new normal. They pivoted their business models and went online, started curbside pickup and delivery services, and took other safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of their customers. Now, more than ever, they need our support.

Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to show our support and gratitude for small business owners. By shopping local, we help them recover from the pandemic’s economic impact and contribute to the local economy’s growth. Moreover, we can help to restore our communities’ vibrancy and ensure that the small businesses we love can continue to thrive.

Former Blue Jays’ Manager John Gibbons


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