TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – This past year has been one of the most challenging years ever for small business owners.

From supply chain issues to navigating record high inflation, 2022 has presented a tough test to small business owners. However, this weekend should provide some much needed relief.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that encourages consumers to support local businesses. It’s wedged right in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday making this weekend very promising for small business owners.

“It’s a really exciting time for us,” Sons Spice Co. Co-Owner Wyatt Sons said. “It’s maybe the busiest time of the year.”

The potential extra financial boost comes at a much needed time for Sons Spice Co. Sons explained that they’ve had to stop selling certain spices as prices spiked due to inflation.

However, with weeks of planning and preparation, Sons said that they’re ready to welcome the big shopping crowd.

“This year everything is good to go,” Sons said. “Hopefully, from this point on we get to relax a little bit and enjoy the people that are coming in.”

Just a few doors down in 12 Points is Ferm Fresh. Co-Owner Anthony Gossett said that inflation played a part in a challenging year. He mentioned that the cost of certain items such as cups, straws and napkins all rose over the course of the year.

Gossett explained that despite the challenges, Ferm Fresh is looking ahead to this weekend. As preparations continue, he said that they’ve been rolling out new products ahead of the shopping weekend.

“We’ve been preparing for about a month and a half by rolling out new products,” Gossett said. “We’re rolling out different versions of our products and memberships for our store here.”

Gossett said that they’re staying open an extra hour on Saturday for customers. He explained that he’s already feeling the excitement surrounding this weekend and appreciate the support shown by consumers.

“Coming out and showing support for small businesses just is overwhelming the amount of excitement that we’ve seen so far,” Gossett said.