Today is Black Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.
Before you go spending a ton of money online, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is challenging everyone in Kodiak to shop locally. And many local businesses are getting into the spirit of the season by offering discounts and special sales on items in their stores.
It is all part of a Black Friday in Kodiak event as well as Small Business Saturday, which is a national event held Saturday to remind residents how important local, brick and mortar businesses are to their communities.
As the Chamber states on its Facebook page, the big online companies are not the ones supporting Kodiak’s teams and clubs.
Shopping locally has other benefits, and can add a big financial punch to the local economy. The 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study found that 67 cents of every dollar spent locally stays in the local economy.