MIDLOTHIAN – The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Welcome Center on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9am-12pm in conjunction with Small Business Saturday at its new office located at 513 S 9th Street.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event that encourages people to discover independent businesses that make their community unique. American Express founded the day in 2010.

According to chamber president Cammy Jackson, “shopping locally helps support people who live in your community, who in turn reinvest those dollars back into the community.”

Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday can really make an impact on small businesses, Jackson added.

“According to the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles, which are annual analyses of each state’s small business activities, there are over 2 million small businesses in operation across the state of Texas, which make up 99.8 percent of all businesses”, Jackson said. “Small businesses help ensure local economies stay strong and vibrant.”

In 2016, total reported spending on Small Business Saturday reached $15.4 billion at independent retailers and restaurants across the nation.

The Midlothian Chamber has supported Small Business Saturday for the past three years, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

“The response has been incredible for Shop Small,” said committee chair Amanda Skinner. “Local business are offering great discounts and goodies. I personally can’t wait to shop.”

The Chamber will distribute totes and shopping passports to the first 200 shoppers who show up to the Welcome Center on Saturday, Nov. 25. After completing the passport, shoppers can return them to the chamber office for a chance to win a door prize — no purchase necessary. Breakfast pastries and coffee will be available at the Chamber office until noon that day.