B & K Power Equipment encourages "small" shopping

MARENGO – B & K Power Equipment Inc. is participating in the third annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. Small Business Saturday is a day for dedicating a portion of holiday shopping to local, independently owned small businesses.

American Express, the founding sponsor of Small Business Saturday, created the national program in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Last year more than 100 million consumers “shopped small,” generating millions of dollars in sales for local merchants. Organizers are expecting even greater participation this year.

According the the Small Business Administration, small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ just over half of all private sector employees.

B & K Power Equipment. 17009 Harmony Road, Marengo, is a member of Independent We Stand, a national small business movement powered in part by STIHL Inc. and a partner in the Small Business Saturday event.

“This national event encourages people to reinvest in their communities by shopping with local businesses like our Independent We Stand members,” said Bill Brunelle, project manager of Independent We Stand. “Locally owned businesses reinvest in the local economy at a 60 percent higher rate than chains and Internet retailers, so Small Business Saturday shoppers will be revitalizing their economies while finding great deals at their favorite local merchants.”

For more than 40 years, B&K Power Equipment has specialized in sales and service in construction, farm and residential machinery. Hours for its Small Business Saturday event are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available and there will be drawings every two hours.

For more information, call 815-923-4547.

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