Imagine Petal without any of its small, local businesses. Restaurants, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, repair shops, laundromats, hardware stores, gift shops, gas stations, and more – all gone.
What would be left? What would the streets look like? Desolate, depressing, empty, boring, abandoned… like a regular day on the zombie apocalypse TV show, The Walking Dead?
Just how much of a presence and impact do small businesses have on our communities? The Small Business Administration (SBA) reports 28 million small businesses operating in the U.S. alone. And since 1995, those small businesses have generated 66% of all new jobs in the United States. Small businesses are a big deal.
This brings us to the upcoming shopping season of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our merchants are here to help you and make you shopping experience pleasant. More importantly, you are helping to support our local economy and your neighbors. Just think of the hundreds of students that have an opportunity to work because of our merchants. There is not one Amazon job available in Petal. Think about who you want to support before you one-click shop.