Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday; community urged to ‘shop small’


The Olympia City Council signed a proclamation designating tomorrow, November 26 as Small Business Saturday.

The proclamation, signed on Tuesday, November 22, recognizes local small businesses and their contributions to the economy and community, with councilmembers urging residents to "shop small" to support small businesses and merchants.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States. Small businesses represent 99.7% of firms with paid employees.

The proclamation also stated that small businesses are responsible for 62% of new jobs created since 1995, and employ 46.8% of the employees in the private sector in the United States.

"About 79% of consumers understand the importance of supporting the small businesses in their community on Small Business Saturday®, 70% report the day makes them want to encourage others to Shop Small®, independently-owned retailers, and 66% report that the day makes them want to shop small all year long," stated the proclamation.

It added 58% of shoppers reported they bought online with a small business, and 54% reported they dined or ordered takeout from a small restaurant, bar, or café on Small Business Saturday in 2021.

Mayor Cheryl Selby described the small businesses as "hometown heroes."

"They make Olympia what it is, and it makes us unique. It carries our economy through tough times," she said. "Please remember when you're out making your shopping choices this weekend that you think about shopping small first… that help keep these hometown heroes afloat going forward."


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  • username73737737

    Buy our expensively priced cheap garbage because huge megacorporations and major news outlets tell you to keep us alive! If you cared so much about small businesses, then you wouldn't need constant reminders to buy from Mom and Pop's restaurant instead of McDonald's and other woke garbage places when you could get the same at a much easier convenience from those who have hundreds of millions

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