Briella TomassettiNov 26, 2016, 1:37 pmNov 27, 2016, 11:19 am

Local stores hope to have economic boost on ‘Small Business Saturday’

Event was designed in 2010 to allow mom-and-pop shops to profit from holiday shoppers

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After people emptied their pockets at malls and department stores across the Island on Black Friday local store owners are now asking for their support on “Small Business Saturday.”

American Express founded "Small Business Saturday" back in 2010 during the busy holiday shopping season and now, it's become somewhat of a tradition nationwide on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

According to American Express, these mom-and-pop shops help to boost the economy and create jobs across the nation.

The company says that in 2014, consumers spent more than $14 billion at their local stores on "Small Business Saturday."

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