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Small businesses banking on busy Small Business Saturday to remain open

Posted at 6:06 AM, Nov 28, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas area small business owners are banking on a busy Small Business Saturday to keep their doors open amid the nearly year-long coronavirus pandemic.

An American Express survey found 64% of small business owners felt the push to get people shopping local would be more important than any year prior to 2020.

In response, The City of Las Vegas waived all parking meter costs, and Henderson Mayor Debra March released a PR blitz to attract people to shop over the weekend.

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"Local businesses need our support more than ever," March said, "please consider lunch or dinner from your favorite restaurant for delivery or pick-up. Many restaurants are offering convenient and contactless roadside service."

Projections, however, have shown business may be slower than in years past.

A study by the International Council of Shopping Centers found 59% of post-Thanksgiving shoppers planned to shop on Saturday compared to 73% in 2019.