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Written By: Tori Johnson

With the Christmas holiday approaching many people are scrambling to buy gifts and find the best deals. I think that it is safe to say that within the American culture Black Friday has become its very own holiday; which might I add its name should be changed to “Black Week of Thanksgiving” because now sales are starting prior to Thanksgiving Day!

Needless to say, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday; the days prior to and following Thanksgiving are filled with purchases. How often do we focus on purchasing from our very own local small businesses?

On November 28, 2017 I attended a spot light event hosted by World Relief at Café K’tizo in Wheaton, Illinois. The event focused on the important relationship that volunteers at the organization have with refugee clients, as well as highlighted the importance of supporting local businesses. A photographer named Roxanne Engstrom volunteers with the organization and showcased her photography pieces on the walls of the café. Each photograph showcased an immigrant or refugee at their business, and gave a small blurb about the owner, as well as the name and location of the business.

Her reasoning for showcasing her work was to show how locally there are so many small business owners that often times can be overshadowed by large chain companies, and how each business owner has their very own story. This event reminded me of the importance of supporting local businesses and that this time of the year can be the easiest time to do so! I encourage you to think local and look into some of the small businesses in your area when shopping for loved ones.