PORTLAND (WGME)—Businesses across Maine encouraged shoppers to “buy local” for Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is a movement that was created eight years ago by American Express.
The day is dedicated to supporting independent shops and restaurants.
In Portland, Fork Food Lab put together a small business market to celebrate.
Tara Canaday with Suga Suga Portland says it’s important to shop and eat local when you can to help out rising business owners.
"For me, I'm a single mom,” said Canaday, “So this is how I make my money and I think it's great that people are coming out to help people like me and all the other people in here trying to make money on their awesome products."
More than a dozen food vendors participated in the market.
Anna Hammond with Matriarch Foods tells CBS13 that shopping at small businesses is a good way to give back to Maine’s economy—since many of them use local products.
"It's really important in terms of building community to shop small and to think about small purveyors,” said Hammond.
CBS News says more than 100 million people participated in Small Business Saturday in 2017.
It estimates the number will be similar, maybe greater, in 2018.