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Small Business Saturday pumps dollars back into local economy

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Small Business Saturday has been luring customers to Main Street to pump dollars back into the local economy.

The mom and pop shops say it makes a big difference.

At Craig Reagin Clothiers you'll find plenty of "Palmetto State" themed wallets, ties and shirts.

"We're much more customer friendly, I'm going to work with you much better than a big box store," said store owner Marie Tipton. "I have a lot more flexibility in what I can and cannot do."

Craig Reagin Clothiers is one of many locally-owned stores participating in Small Business Saturday Nov 30.

The event is in its fourth year and was started by American Express which offers customers who register a $10 credit for shopping locally Saturday. 

The Small Business Administration says neighborhood businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two of every three new jobs in the private sector. 

"We're the people who sponsor the baseball teams, the football teams, the people who donate to auctions for the community so it's just an opportunity for them to take a second and reflect on us and then pay us back a little bit by shopping with us versus our big box stores," said Jeremy Addy.

Over $5.5 billion was generated and invested back into the local economy last year nationwide.

For a list of participating merchants, click here.

To register your card for a $10 credit, click here.

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