Release Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2012
Release Number: 
12-49 So. Fl
Advisory Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2012
Contact: (202) 205-6420

MIAMI – November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.

Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), released the following statement today encouraging people to support their communities by “shopping small” this holiday season:

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our communities.  Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.

“By shopping small on November 24th and throughout this holiday season, we can support the men and women who are building these amazing small businesses. And we can also get great products and services for our family, friends and loved ones. It’s a win-win.

U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District joins three south Florida Chambers of Commerce to encourage holiday shoppers to shop locally.

South Florida District Director Jonel Hein will join Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason & the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce at Gymboree Play & Music with host Coni Goudie at the Village of Merrick Park for opening ceremonies at 10 a.m.

“We’re very proud to be able to play a part in Coral Gable’s Small Business Saturday events,” said Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.  “Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the U.S.

and half the people who work in America own or work for a small business.  Supporting our local businesses is good for our communities and good for our nation.”

Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida and Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce are two SBA partners in the district highlighting Small Business Saturday in their respective communities.

“Last year, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to Main Street businesses all across the country, with more than 100 million people shopping at independently-owned small businesses. And this year we can do even better. So make sure to spend time this holiday season visiting the many small businesses in your neighborhood. It’s a chance to say thank you to the small business owners who do so much for our communities,” said Mills.

November 24 marks the third annual Small Business Saturday. For more information on how to support Small Business Saturday in your area, or to get great Small Business Saturday marketing tips and resources, check out or visit and follow us on Twitter @SBAgov, #SmallBizSat.


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