Small Business Saturday

Florida Senate

A Senate panel on Monday blessed a Republican plan to take the traditional sales tax holiday to a whole new level. Two Republican lawmakers want to create a “Small Business Saturday” holiday targeting 80 percent of all business in Florida that pay sales taxes.

Representative Jay Fant of Jacksonville and Senator Rene Garcia of Hialeah want to put “Small Business Saturday” into Florida law. It would fall two days after Thanksgiving. Fant sees a Black Friday shopping rush but for millions of shop owners and cost-conscious customers .

woman shopping in Thomasville
City of Thomasville

The city of Thomasville, Georgia, is inviting holiday shoppers to visit on the day after Black Friday. Locally owned stores are already prepping for the Small Business Saturday event.

Two days after Turkey leftovers are bagged up, Small Business Saturday in Thomasville will give shoppers the chance to cross items off their gift lists—or, as Fuzzy Goat yarn store owner Cadence Kidwell says, “They could still get started on something that they could make for somebody that they love." 

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The Florida Retail Federation originally predicted 2013's holiday shopping season would net 3.5 to 4.5-percent more sales than 2012 and officials say they’re on the way to meeting that goal – handily. Labor groups chided big retailers who pushed the sales weekend earlier to include Thanksgiving night in an attempt to maximize profits. Although overall numbers are up, Florida Retail Federation Spokesman John Fleming pointed out that whatever retailers might’ve gained by being open Thursday, they might’ve lost Friday.