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Article updated: 11/29/2013 10:56 AM

Small Business Saturday in Northbrook

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By Brandon M. Noel

The holiday shopping season is about to start, but when deciding on those special gifts, think about looking in unusual places, small shops, boutiques -- the kind of places that make Main Street America so special. Just beyond the lights and decorations, there are stores where little dreams can be found. Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday, which is designated to encourage holiday shoppers to stay local. It's a small but special way that Northbrook consumers can support the small businesses in their own community.

The Illinois Taekwondo State Association (ITSA) would like to encourage Northbrook shoppers to participate in this event. Retail shops, coffee houses and even taekwondo schools need the support of those residing in their area.

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"I'm a small business owner myself, so I know how important it is to receive the support of the folks in your own community," said ITSA President Luciano Medina, explaining the organization's interest in promoting local shopping. "Northbrook-area taekwondo schools are small businesses too; they're run by local entrepreneurs, employ local residents and provide services to shoppers."

When deciding to open a business in Northbrook, entrepreneurs take many aspects into consideration, including the fact that they are committing themselves to the area. This Saturday, and throughout the holiday season, ITSA would like to encourage Northbrook residents to return that commitment by shopping in Northbrook because you never know where dreams can be found with big smiles to follow.

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