Montgomery – Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation Wednesday declaring November 25, 2023 as Alabama Small Business Saturday, demonstrating her unwavering support for Alabama's small businesses.
By designating the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday, Alabamians are encouraged to celebrate and support the impact small businesses have on communities across the state.
“Small Business Saturday is an important reminder of the immense value that local businesses bring to our state. These businesses play a vital role in our state’s economy, driving innovation, providing jobs, and supporting our communities. maintains its vitality.” said Governor Ivey. “I encourage all Alabamians to spend this Saturday local. Simply put, when you support Alabama's small businesses, you invest in our community, state, and people. It will be.”
Alabama's 2023 Small Business Overview, produced annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration, shows that small businesses account for Alabama's leading presence in industries around the world, while employing nearly half of the state's residents. has been done.
“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to extend support to Alabama’s 422,518 small businesses, which make up 99.4% of the state’s total and are 818,234 small businesses, representing 46% of all Alabama employees. We employ people.” Thomas Todd, Alabama District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said: “The upcoming Black Friday has its own significance. However, on Saturday, November 25th, we would like to ask you to set aside some of your funds to support small businesses by making small purchases in your local area. We sincerely ask that you do so, because this will have a positive impact not only on small businesses, but on the community as a whole.”
NFIB, the state's leading small business advocacy group, thanked Governor Kay Ivey for the Small Business Saturday proclamation.
“On behalf of our members, I would like to thank Governor Ivey for supporting Main Street shops and restaurants by declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Alabama’s Small Business Saturday.” NFIB Alabama State Director Rosemary Elebash said.
“Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy.” Erebash said. “When we support locally-owned shops and restaurants, we support our friends and neighbors. We support businesses that create jobs, sponsor our children's sports teams, and support our local businesses. Donate to charities. And when you shop at small businesses, you're dealing directly with owners who have a stake in transforming you from a seasonal shopper to a store people come to shop year-round. There is a high possibility that there will be.”
According to research conducted by NFIB, 67 cents of every dollar spent at family-owned small businesses stays in the community. Every dollar he spends at a local small business generates an additional 50 cents in local business activity as an employer and his employees shop at other local businesses.
The Small Business Saturday declaration can be found here.