EDITORIAL: Local small businesses would love to see you Saturday

The starting gun of the holiday shopping season has already started. For more and more people, that means a dash to the computer instead of downtown. Consider as you plan your gift hunting that this Saturday is a bit of a special day – Small Business Saturday.

This is a national movement to focus attention on firms that are so foundational to the economy – across the country and here in Malheur County. In a rural county like ours, small businesses are especially important to the community. They often aren’t well known despite what they have to offer, and that’s one of the ideas behind Small Business Saturday.

The story of small business isn’t new. In Malheur County, we have about 2,000 businesses. Some have big marquees and marketing budgets. Most are more modest, with few if any employees, a sometimes hand-painted sign, and a small footprint . . .