More than 1,400 communities across America are participating in events on Saturday, November 30 to recognize the contribution local businesses make to create jobs, boost local economies and preserve neighborhoods.
In its fourth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses including restaurants, shops and markets. Held annually on the day following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday supporters reported spending more than $5.5 billion at independently-owned businesses on that day in 2012.
“Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small businesses that are the backbone of our center cities and municipalities and all they do for our communities. The money that you spend at a small business goes right back into the local economy,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, PML President. “And that’s important, because statistics show that half of working Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create two out of every three new jobs.”
Supporters and participants of Small Business Saturday are encouraged to share their experiences on social media. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other services, please use the hashtag "#SmallBizSat." Learn more about Small Business Saturday at: http://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba_initiatives/small_business_saturday_2013.