ROME, N.Y. -- Friday may be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but Saturday is designated as a time to shop locally.
Small Business Saturday is a nationally recognized day to give your local businesses support.
Last year consumers spent around $13 billion on Small Business Saturday.
While New York is ranked among the worst states in the country to do business in. Local leaders and business owners still find it a great place to operate.
“There’s a quality of life here that you can't get in other places in the country and I think a lot of people, they want to raise children here. It's a good environment. It's safe. We have safe secure communities, and I don't think people want to give up on the area just because it is. It is tough. We are the number one taxed state, and being a small business owner myself I can tell you that it's a struggle,” said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.
“People know that with a small business you're going to get really service, and you're probably going to get a product that you can't get anywhere else. Good lord if I had known that it was going to be this much fun and this easy, I’d have done this years ago,” said Danny Frieden, the owner Copper City Brewing Co.
The very first Small Business Saturday was sponsored by American Express as an advertising campaign, but has become a welcome addition to Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.