Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday (November 28) is a day where every shopper can play a part to support their local economy and the small business owners who provide the majority of our economic growth. Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, made the following statement:
“On Saturday, November 28, please join the U.S. Small Business Administration in supporting America’s small business and entrepreneur community by participating in the sixth annual ‘Small Business Saturday’ and encouraging American consumers to ‘shop small’. Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our 28 million independent businesses during the important holiday retail season. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.
“By shopping local and small the majority of the money stays within the community. Small business owners and Main Street businesses are the fabric of our daily lives. They have energy and passion for what they do, and when we support small businesses, jobs are created and local communities preserve their unique culture.
The SBA provides small business owners with access to counseling services, capital to grow or start their business, and a connection to the federal marketplace and corporate supply chain. More than anything, these entrepreneurs also need customers. Small Business Saturday also provides us an opportunity to honor and celebrate the hardworking men and women that are creating jobs and fueling the economy in their local neighborhoods.”