NASHVILLE – During last year’s Small Business Saturday, 104 million American shoppers spent a record high $17.8 billion. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30, and the support that Tennessee’s independent business owners receive this weekend will produce an economic ripple that can help encourage and strengthen entire rural communities.

“In a small community like Jamestown, supporting local is very important to the economy,” Fentress County’s Highland Manor Winery owner Rhonda Moody said. “Our gift baskets promote local products and hopefully lead to repeat sales for the businesses represented in them.”

Typical businesses with local products include on-farm and farmers market retail stores, gift shops, florists, wineries, food co-ops, or regional diners and restaurants. Some of these small businesses specialize in gift baskets made with Tennessee products and can ship those baskets nationwide.

“Shopping local has a major impact and ripple effect on the success of local commerce and development,” Stephanie DeYoung of All Around Southern Mercantile in Lewis County said. “When people work together to stimulate a local economy, it can positively impact the entire community.”

“Shopping locally means every dollar spent goes directly into helping a community grow and thrive,” Williamson County’s Made in Tennessee owner Ilex Pounders said. “Our community is made of families and individuals who are pursuing a dream, sharing a talent, and supporting their own families and lifestyles.  There’s no better way to shop than by supporting your own community growth and success!”

Find farm-related businesses across the state at Shoppers can connect directly to a business or producer website, and products can then be purchased from the producer.

Pick Tennessee Products is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s program to connect customers to local farm products. Find farms and retail stores with local products, seasonal foods, wineries, and gift baskets at or with the Pick TN mobile app. Follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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