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Delaware News Journal

For James Snow’s Little Emporium, Small Business Saturday is typically the busiest day on the calendar.

This year, the Middletown store owner is just happy he’s still open – unlike some of his Main Street neighbors.

“We made it through because the community has been very supportive,” Snow said. “People have rallied around small businesses.”

The small-business community in Delaware is hopeful that shop small spirit stays alive this weekend as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday launch the big push of the holiday shopping season.

For many small businesses, the spring COVID-19 shutdown and ensuing restrictions spawned a digital revolution – they could no longer afford to push off website updates. With the coronavirus spreading at record rates, they’re hopeful customers will choose to visit them on the web instead