Officials Urge Locals to Shop Small this Holiday Season

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Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Some in South Jersey say it's time to start thinking about the busiest day of the year.

In Mullica Hill on Friday, small business owners and the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, along with county freeholders, kicked off this year's "Shop, Dine, Go Local" campaign. The group signed a pledge to shop and dine locally over the next several weeks.

Organizers say it's all about supporting local South Jersey business owners in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

"For every dollar that is spent in our local businesses, we have a three dollar return to the local economy, which means creating jobs. That means having support services within your community," said Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons. 

"That makes this a place that people want to live. That's the difference between having a vacant business next to you on Main Street, and having a vibrant business next to you on Main Street."

Friday's kickoff event was held at the Harrison House Diner, a local family run diner that has been in business for over 30 years.

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