As we enter the New Year, I want to share some inspiration gained from this past holiday season and America’s coming together to celebrate local, independent businesses and the communities they enrich.
Last Small Business Saturday, an estimated 103 million consumers shopped at local businesses, including President Obama, who took his daughters to a bookstore a few blocks from the White House. What’s more, over 500 public officials, advocacy organizations and corporations across the country joined forces to support the businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve our neighborhoods.
It’s inspiring, but as I think about it, it shouldn’t be. Local, independent businesses are a cherished part of our towns and neighborhoods, with their personal touch, unique offerings and vital economic contributions. And, with 65 percent of Americans now recognizing the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday, we enter 2012 with a strong national platform to help propel growth.
Shop Small is becoming part of our national lexicon. Businesses owners across the country have made the movement real. My sincere wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2012.
I have a feeling the best is yet to come.