Program helps support local small businesses

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As you do your holiday shopping, you may want to think about gifting from a local small business.

Shopping locally allows you to find unique gifts and keep your money in your community.

Out of every 100 dollars spent at local stores, about half stays here.

If you decide to spend the same amount of money at a big box or chain store, only about $15 stays in the community.

KXAN’s Gigi Barnett sat down with Dean Lofton, the director of the iBiz District Program, which supports business districts throughout the city. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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