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Morgantown Businesses and Residents Participate in Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's a great way to come out and support local businesses. Main Street Morgantown and Arts Monongalia also created some incentives to get people to shop small.

Morgantown has plenty of small businesses that participated in the Small Business Saturday events. Including, Garcia's Latin Market located at the end of High Street.

"We have a lot of imported Latin products," said Jennifer Garcia, a co-owner of the Latin Market. "We have different hot sauces, drinks, we have just different décor for the house, we also have many spices. Our tortillas and our chips are very popular."

The idea of Small Business Saturday is to help out those local businesses that might not get as much attention as big business during the rush of Black Friday.

"The money that you spend during this day it goes into your community and it goes back out. The stuff that you are purchasing is helping all the artists here and all the small businesses downtown," said Jeannie Kuhn, Executive Director of Arts Monongalia. "It's a struggle for us especially during the holidays, we don't have the big budgets that Macy's and all the other huge stores have to spend. So come on out and support your community."

Arts Monongalia and Main Street Morgantown raffled off a free iPad to anyone who spent $25 or more at a local business. Each customer also received a "shop small" shopping bag.

Garcia said she enjoys having people come check out what the market provides every day in the store.

"Just to bring in locals and the community so they can see what we have, what we have to offer," Garcia said. "And just take a look around and see different parts of Morgantown, downtown and the different stores."

Shoppers had the chance to win that free iPad until 5 p.m. on Saturday. But Small Business Saturday didn't just end there, people could shop small all day Saturday.