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Small Business Vendor Fair gives back to the community

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PEORIA (WEEK) - With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to give back and one way to do so is by shopping local.

"It's very important to shop small business because these are small business owners livelihood," said Shop Small Business Event Cooridnator, Charles Miner. "We are not the box stores, so we are very community based and it means everything to small business owners for the community to come out and shop with them."

The Carver Community Center hosted its first Shop Small Business Vendor Fair, providing the opportunity for local business owners to showcase all their different items and goods this holiday season.

"The thing about when you come in person shopping for small business, you can look at them and engage with other vendors and business owners to have a collaboration," said Miner.

The Carver Community Center Executive Director Jacobie Proctor said as small businesses are taking a hit during the pandemic, she feels it's important for her to provide a safe and socially distanced environment for local vendors and the community.

"We noticed a lot of the places around us were kind of shutting down and people were looking for places to go," said Proctor. "We had the space and the facility and wanted them to come here."

Multiple businesses also came together to give back to the community.

"As they say give back," said Que for You restaurant owner, Dan Ruffin. "We all put some money together and we donated about 20 turkeys to give to families in the community."

The Carver Community Center will host another Shop Local Event December 12th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Andie Bernhardt

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