(Carlisle) -- Some stores may have opened earlier than usual this year for Black Friday, but some midstate communities are hoping shoppers hold off until tomorrow.
The so-called "Small Business Saturday" is a nationwide initiative created by American Express to promote community businesses through special incentives and marketing campaigns.
This is the second year the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce is taking part, and it's expanded to include more than 100 businesses.
Chamber President Michelle Crowley says it's important to support members of the community. "You know, you think about the larger chain stores. Our small businesses, we want them to be here as long as possible. Their lights are on this weekend. Consider them. Try to come out and patronize someone that might be your next-door neighbor."
Crowley says businesses, including salons, specialty shops, and restaurants, will display mats outside of their doors to show their participation.
Member businesses of Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. are also taking part in the event.
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