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Small Business Saturday starts holiday season in Missoula

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MISSOULA - Downtown Missoula was bustling as locals took part in Small Business Saturday.

Hot cocoa and free bags were provided downtown for any and all shoppers who decided to keep their dollars local.

This was the second year the Missoula Downtown Partnership marketed the day and they also set up a shop small headquarters on Higgins Avenue.

Aside from promotional items, the headquarters had deals and lists of events happening all over downtown.

Reported as one of the of the biggest days for local business, Small Business Saturday has been a national shopping holiday started as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The aim of the day is to get people to remember to shop locally to strengthen the backbone of local economy.

"It's creating that habit of shopping small and saying 'this is how I'm going to spend my money because it's important to me to support my local community,'< said Kristen Sackett with the Missoula Downtown Partnership.

"And so when our businesses are saying they're doubling their business every year, that really goes to show what a great community we have and how much Missoula's behind our small businesses."

"It's important to maintain those relationships and that support and that loyalty. It's just it's a wonderful feeling to see everyone coming in here today," said the Green Light owner Sabrina Smith.

Business owners say shopping local is a great way to participate in the local economy and to give back to the community. The event also kicked off the holiday shopping season with several other events including the Parade of Lights and the Festival of Trees in December.

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