Steuben County prepares for Small Business Saturday

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With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, restaurants and store fronts across Steuben County are gearing up for the holiday rush with great deals.

Chat-a-Whyle, in Bath, is offering a reduced price on dinner meals. 

Owner Michael Romano believes small businesses play an important role in the community. 

“It’s a gathering place, an anchor, if you will, in the community,” Romano said. “We’re good stewards to the community and we’re stronger as a group when we are together.” 

Small businesses are one of the backbones of the local economy while providing services for the local workforce. 

Deborah Stopka has worked as a server at Chat-a-Whyle for nearly 40 years now. 

“It brings communities together and provides local jobs for the people that live in the town,” Stopka said. “It helped support my child during the period of 36 years that I’ve been here.”

The U.S. Small Business Association reports about 99 percent of business across all of New York State are made up of small businesses. Another example is Connors Mercantile in downtown Corning. Store manager Jill Agosta said that it enables them to foster relationships with their customers. 

“Just building those relationships, you know, having them come in, taking care of them, we know their names, we know what they want to shop for,” Agosta said. 

Connors will be offering free giveaways with purchases along with doughnuts, coffee, cider and even some chocolate sampling. 

The benefits of shopping local are endless. Shoppers give back to the community all while finding unique items or food. 

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