Sen. Tom Carper and local officials and members of the U.S. Small Business Administration visited small businesses in Lewes Nov. 20. The group visited Notting Hill Coffee Roastery, Twila Farrell, Flowers by Mayumi, Kids’ Ketch, PUZZLES and Lewes Gourmet, and R&L Liquors.
According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, last year 108 million shoppers spent $12.9 billion on Small Business Saturday.
It was noted 68 percent of every dollar a locally owned, small business earns stays in the community. Only 43 percent of every dollar spent at a large chain retailer stays in the community and zero percent of dollars spent online stays in the community, unless buying from a local business.