Knoxville Chamber Focused on Small Business, Not Online Buying
Posted: Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 4:57 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Brian Adams
Online retailers are now gearing up for Cyber Monday, for what’s annually projected to be the biggest internet purchasing day of the year; but in Knoxville most businesses are thinking about their own customers and not the nationwide mega-buying days.
Cyber Monday has been targeted by major online businesses as their equivalent of Black Friday; since many people are away from their work computers or otherwise tied up during Thanksgiving weekend, they wait until Monday if they’re buying anything off of a website.
But the Knoxville Chamber is still aimed at helping local businesses buy and sell the old-fashioned way, with people coming into their stores and walking out the door with what they actually need.
Hannah Vander Veer is director of the Chamber; she tells KNIA/KRLS News getting customers to buy locally is of greater importance to their members.
“When you’re supporting a small business, you’re putting more money into our local economy; you’re allowing your neighbors to go out with more purchasing power and things like that,” says Vander Veer. “Supporting a small business is supporting a business that directly supports Knoxville.”
And computer users looking to save on paying sales taxes by buying online may be in for a disappointment; even if they’re in a location which doesn’t require remote sales taxes, many major purchasing sites are now charging them for sales taxes anyway, and in some instances requiring smaller vendors using their platform to do the same.