ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Small Business Saturday kicked off on Nov. 26, the event encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses.

People came out to Old Town Albuquerque to the ‘Small Business Saturday’ event with the city and Mayor Tim Keller. Keller said, “shopping small keeps dollars in the local economy.”

For every dollar spent, 68 cents is put into the local economy Mayor Keller said.

Dean Johnson from the Taos Pueblo and his business showcased the work of over 20 Native artists. “The local support keeps his business and culture alive,” said Dean Johnson.

The small business administration says that last year, $23 billion was spent at small shops and restaurants nationwide on small business Saturday.

The City of Albuquerque is encouraging people to shop small throughout the holiday season.