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Small Business Saturday gains momentum

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- While most big stores are gearing up for big sales and big crowds on Black Friday, the national push for Small Business Saturday is getting stronger each day.

While there's always been Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is relatively new. It was started last year by American Express, and picked up wind.

The idea is that small businesses can't offer the same kind of sales huge stores can, but they do make up a pretty big chunk of our economy. They provide roughly 55 percent of private sector jobs. American Express has made a fan page on Facebook and is listing small businesses participating by area code. Shoppers who register and use their American Express card on Saturday at any of the local stores will get a one time refund of $25 from the credit card company.

The concept is to not forget our small shops that need your business.  "We hope that our customers stay loyal and we bring them a certain amount of service and quality of service and that's why they're here and that's why they keep coming back," says Katey Huntley the manager at Twist, a Walla Walla based clothing store in Kennewick since 2009.

Heritage Home Accents and Floral is also planning some sales for the weekend, but no crazy hours.  "We'll have discounts all weekend long starting on Friday for Black Friday of course.  But we just open at nine on Friday," says Kay Lusk the manager.

Small businesses who want to participate in the $25 dollar refund on Saturday can register on the Facebook site, Small Business Saturday.  Click here for more information.