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Shop Small November 29th in Downtown Williston


Williston Downtowners Association and Williston Area Chamber of Commerce today announced their participation in Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 29, 2014. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. "Small businesses help make Downtown Williston a vibrant and unique shopping destination," said Williston Downtowners Association Executive Director, Karissa Kjos.

Williston Downtowners Association and Williston Area Chamber of Commerce recognize the importance of supporting small business in Williston, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities. "Regardless of where you live, small businesses remain the backbone of local economies and have been for generations," said Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Scott Meske. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2012, small businesses nationwide accounted for 64% of net new private sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of all employer firms(1).

Downtown participating businesses are: All Season Sport About, Basil Sushi Bar and Asian Bistro, Books on Broadway, Bride to Be Ltd., Castle Framing, Cedar Chest, Cooks on Main, Daily Addiction Coffee House, House to Home, Larry Lynn Antiques, Ritter Brothers, Service Drug Pharmacy, Shepherd's Garden, The Salvation Army Store.

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2013, nearly 1,500 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting and the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

Contact: Karissa Kjos, Executive Director, Williston Downtowners Association (701) 580-9343, [email protected]


November 29th marks the fifth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. To date, more than 3.3 million Facebook users "liked" the Small Business Saturday page(2). Just last year, 370+ advocacy organizations, 160+ corporations, and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for Small Business Saturday.

1 Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, September 2012

2 According to Facebook Insights, the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook at!/ SmallBusinessSaturday received 3,316,569 "Likes" as of 5/20/2014


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