Posted: Nov 24, 2012 5:05 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Nov 25, 2012 12:34 PM
Mainstreet Uptown Butte Incorporated organized the Small Business Saturday event for Butte.
"I think it's real important in our economy to have small businesses that thrive in our midsts," says Mainstreet Uptown Butte Inc. Executive Director George Everett.
A group of Butte residents gathered at 66 Park Street to draw a small business out of a hat.
Second Edition Books on Montana Street was pulled.
Shoppers headed that way to spend at least 10 dollars at the store.
Everett says for every 100 dollars you spend in Butte shops about 64 dollars of that will be funneled back into the community.
Butte Plaza Mall Operations and Marketing Manager Alana Ferko says, "People have been very good about shopping locally. We appreciate it so much. There are always opportunities to shop away from home but we know that the majority of the people do shop at home and we appreciate it a lot."
"We have a great community here. We just need to help that community along better. Keeping more jobs here by spending more cash here," says Quarry Brewing Owner Chuck Schnabel.
He participated in the Small Business Saturday event with his kids.
Schnabel knows all about the blood, sweat and tears that goes into running a small business.
He says everything you need for Christmas gifts is right here in Butte.
"We in Butte are in a very unique situation where we do have a lot of very unique stores, unique gift ideas. People just have to get out and look for them," he says.
"Small business is very important because they help preserve the buildings that they're in, the historic district," adds Everett.
Everett is encouraging purchases from local stores on Cyber Monday.