These staff members are hard at work at Powersports in Fort Kent. They are working to keep up with all of the customers on small businesses Saturday. This was one of the busiest weekends in the books for them.
"We appreciate being a part of it through the chamber. The chamber comes in and we work together and again, it gets our name out there and then gives an opportunity for the area and outside of our area as to what kind of services that we can provide." Brett Labbe, manager of Fort Kent Powersports, said.
"It’s a really good opportunity to get people associated with our store. To show that we are not just a lumber yard. We have all kinds of things, we have Makita tools and stocking stuffers and stuff for Christmas as well as your everyday project." said Nicholas Plourde, assistant manager of S.W. Collins.
Other businesses appreciate small business Saturday because it allows people to see that despite being a cooperate franchise, they are a small business.
"A lot of people have a misconception that as a Sear’s Hometown Store that we’re some giant cooperate entity and although the franchise might be considered that, each store is an independent franchise and independently owned and operated. We pay local taxes, we employ local people, just like any other small business so it’s really important to us to be identified like that." Allan Susse, owner of Sears, said.
In Caribou this year, businesses that participated in Small business Saturday had ornaments instead of bracelets to pass out to community members.
"The ornaments are free, you just have to go to the business." said Christina Kane-Gibson, City of Caribou events and marketing director.
"I think most shops are looking for new business and a lot of new faces with the ornaments. It brings in new and young people that have just moved to the area and gets them acquainted with all the new businesses." Kimber Noyes, owner of Noyes Flower and Plant Shoppe, said.
"It feels great, I mean you know, it’s an exciting day for us." Richard Lapointe, clothing manager of Sleeper's, said.
Businesses say they are thankful that the communities came out and supported them and they are looking forward to the rest of the holiday season.