Hattiesburg businesses gear up for Small Business Saturday

American Express is once again encouraging holiday shoppers across the country to "shop small" on Saturday to support local business.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 as a way to get holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses during the holiday season. American Express offers an incentive to their customers to shop small by offering a $25 credit for every $100 spent at qualified stores.

Some business owners in downtown Hattiesburg were gearing up for the event Friday with great anticipation.

"We anticipate a very large turn out for Small Business Saturday. Last year they had such a huge advertising push for it both locally and nationally," said Adrienne Hicks, Blooms of Hattiesburg.

Last year over 100-million-people took part by shopping at small local businesses.

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