Ivey proclaims Nov. 30 Small Business Saturday

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Governor Ivey signs the official proclamation with NFIB Alabama State Director Rosemary Elebash. (Office of Gov. Kay Ivey)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a proclamation to formally declare Nov. 30, 2019 Small Business Saturday in the state of Alabama. This special designation by the governor is intended to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact they have on communities across the state.

“Small businesses continue to serve as the backbone of Alabama’s economy, as well as a staple to the character and charm that make our state so special to call home,” Ivey said. “I urge Alabamians across the state to shop local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday, which is traditionally held as the holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

“When you support locally owned businesses, you invest in your community with job creation and support for local charities and schools,” NFIB Alabama State Director Rosemary Elebash said. “More money stays in the community – 67 cents of every dollar, according to an American Express study. 96 percent of shoppers surveyed by American Express and NFIB last year said Small Business Saturday makes them want to shop at small businesses the rest of year.”

As of 2018, there were 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, and 65 percent of new net jobs over the past two decades were created by small businesses, according to the United States Small Business Administration. In Alabama, 99.4 percent of businesses are small businesses and employ 48.1 percent of the private workforce.