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Graves Introduces Small Business Saturday Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, today introduced a resolution to designate a Small Business Saturday and express support for America’s 28 million small businesses.

The bipartisan Graves resolution encourages people to shop locally at small businesses in their communities, particularly suggesting November 30, 2013 – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The designation of a Small Business Saturday by Congress helps raise awareness of the impact of small businesses on the U.S. economy and the value of thriving small businesses to every community. Stores and other businesses throughout the country traditionally experience a major upswing in economic activity the weekend following Thanksgiving Day. Since 2010, Small Business Saturday has emphasized a “shop local” theme that follows up the “Black Friday” advertising of major retail outlets.

Small companies are often highly innovative, and account for half of America’s economy. An overwhelming 93 percent of Americans recognize the importance of supporting small businesses.

“Small Business Saturday is a great way to say ‘thank you’ to a small business near you, especially during the holiday shopping season,” Graves said. “America’s small businesses help define what communities are all about. Small firms create seven out of every ten new jobs, and employ nearly half of all private sector employees in the United States. Small businesses make a big difference in our nation’s economy and their growth is essential to a stronger recovery.”

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) are original co-sponsors.

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