Secretary Tennant Urges West Virginians To Shop Small on Saturday, November 29

by Natalie Tennant, Secretary of State
Charleston, W.Va. – As West Virginians head to stores to check-off gifts from their Christmas lists, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is urging people to remember to check out the small businesses in their hometown.

            Small Business Saturday is November 29.

            “Small businesses form the backbone of our local economy,” Secretary Tennant said. “Without them it is difficult to imagine where our communities and our state would be.”

            The Secretary of State’s Office is on the front lines with those small business owners, making it easy to file important paperwork so they can focus on their product.

According to West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, about 42 percent of workers in West Virginia are employed by small businesses.

            The Small Business Administration estimates consumers spent approximately $5.7 billion at local stores on Small Business Saturday in 2013.

“Small businesses are an essential part of our strong economic foundation in West Virginia and I urge everyone to think local, visit the small businesses, and support them – because you’re supporting your neighbors and your community. In the Secretary of State’s Office we encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and hope all of our small businesses are successful, not only on Small Business Saturday but every day.”

This year, the SBA is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to encourage people who are “shopping small” to also “dine small” at local restaurants on Saturday night.

            Small business owners and shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtags #ShopSmall and #DineSmall on Twitter.

            Information for business owners and shoppers on how they can take part in Small Business Saturday can be found here on the Small Business Administration website.

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