Gov. Kay Ivey, reiterating her administration’s support for small business, has declared Nov. 26 as “Small Business Saturday” by official proclamation.
In issuing the proclamation, Ivey highlighted the role small businesses play in supporting the state’s economy and encouraged Alabamians to patronize locally-owned businesses.
“Not only do our small businesses bring charm and character to Alabama, but they play an integral role in building and maintaining a strong economy,” said Ivey. “Small business support trickles back down to opportunities for job creation, support for our schools, possibilities for new innovation, but ultimately, it is positively felt by all.”
“I encourage all Alabamians to support small businesses and spend locally this Saturday. Simply put, when you support an Alabama small business, you support our state.”
Applauding Ivey’s proclamation was Rosemary Elebash, Alabama state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“Small Business Saturday is a great way for the community to support local and family-owned businesses,” said Elebash. “Small business owners are coming out of the pandemic facing serious economic headwinds such as inflation, worker shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions. Now more than ever, small businesses need support not only on Small Business Saturday but every day.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of Alabama’s economy, and we encourage everyone to shop small this holiday season.”
Every dollar spent at a local small business creates an additional 50 cents in local business activity, according to research conducted by NFIB and American Express. Additionally, 67 cents of every dollar spent at a family-owned small business stays in the community.
Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL