Don’t let the pandemic stop you from supporting Small Business Saturday this weekend

Shop at five Moosomin businesses and you could win $500, $250, or $100 in Moosomin Bucks

November 27, 2020, 10:54 am

Marilyn Braun-Pollon

As the second wave of the pandemic threatens the critical holiday shopping season, supporting small businesses has never been so important to their survival.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is encouraging businesses to support small independent businesses on Small Business Saturday the day after Black Friday.

CFIB is urging consumers to think beyond big box stores and online giants and make an extra effort to support a small business, whether online, curbside or in person where possible this Small Business Saturday, November 28th.

According to CFIB’s latest data, only 38 per cent of retail businesses are making normal sales and one in seven is at risk of permanent closure.

The picture is even worse for hospitality businesses, where permanent closure is a serious risk for one in four and just nine per cent are making normal sales.

“With 2020 being the toughest year ever for many businesses emotionally and financially, we are urging people to make every effort to support small business. It’s not always our first instinct to look for small businesses online but many have now worked really hard to make this an option,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-President, Western Canada and Agri-business.

A third of small businesses now offer online sales, following an increase of roughly 152,000 new entrants into the eCommerce market across Canada since March. The top eCommerce adopters have been those hit hardest by the pandemic, including retailers, arts and recreation, hospitality, and health services businesses. While one in five businesses say they will increasingly rely on online sales to survive, a quarter of those using eCommerce are struggling to generate revenue that way.

“Making the extra effort to find a small business online can make all the difference,” added Braun-Pollon. “They survive with your support and are grateful for it.”

Shoppers who support Small Business Saturday in Moosomin have a chance to win $500, $250 or $100 in Moosomin Bucks, as the Moosomin Chamber of Commerce Black Friday Week draw continues to Saturday. Get your card stamped at five local businesses, retailers or restaurants where you make a purchase and enter to win!