Small Business Saturday took over the Tri-State as shoppers hit the streets to shop local.
In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, small businesses get the spotlight.
November 27th was Small Business Saturday across the country, and in the River City.
The Black Chamber of Commerce in Evansville and Royal Events & Designs hosted a Small Business Saturday event in the RISE Learning Center.
Black Chamber of Commerce President, Tanisha Carothers, told 44News, “We wanted to bring an opportunity for small minority businesses to be able to participate in Small Business Saturday.”
Carothers told 44News, she is always inspired to help new and old entrepreneurs get on their feet. “When I started out as an entrepreneur, a lot of things I had to learn on my own. There weren't a lot of opportunities like today where I could learn how to operate and do my elevator pitch, talk to customers and clients. Those were things I found out by fumbling and by way of experience.”
Over a dozen minority-owned businesses took part in the event, including TruTherapy Cosmetics, Mezmerized Boutique, Crystal’s Creations and more.
One small business at the soiree, Lucie’s Glam Industry, is run by Ayrien Flemming. Fleming told 44News, “I've been an entrepreneur since I was 21. I started off with just eyelashes, but I grew.”
Flemming told 44News she became an entrepreneur to leave a legacy for her little siblings who look up to her. “I’ve always wanted to work for myself. It’s important because I’m breaking generational curses.”
Carothers says, “When our economy in individual communities begins to blossom, it helps our overall community. I just hope that our entire community can see the importance of events like this, of the Black Chamber of Commerce and the work that we're doing in this community to make sure that everyone is able to actually see the American dream in some form or fashion. We're trying to create that opportunity with every single entrepreneur that's here today.”
Downtown Evansville says 67 cents of every dollar spent at local shops and restaurants remains in our own neighborhood.