As we usher in the holiday season, I invite you to be part of the growing movement to #ShopSmall while preparing for gatherings with family and friends.
This year, Nov. 30 marks the 10th annual celebration of Small Business Saturday. Celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a time for holiday shoppers to patron their locally owned retailers and restaurants.
Last year, thousands of communities rallied their friends and neighbors to celebrate the day, and in 2018 an estimated 104 million U.S. consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently owned businesses.
Total reported spending reached an estimated record high of $17.8 billion. 97% of these consumers said that Small Business Saturday had a positive impact on their community.
Here in Arizona, 99% of our businesses are small and employ one million people, nearly 44% of Arizona workers. Nationally, two out of three net new jobs are created by small businesses. When we shop small, we are making an investment in the well-being of our economy.
You can do your part to #ShopSmall by following these four simple steps:
Please join me in supporting our local small retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday. When we choose to #ShopSmall, the impact is felt all year.
Robert J. Blaney
Arizona district director
U.S. Small Business Administration