WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, designating November 26, 2011, as Small Business Saturday. The resolution supports efforts to encourage consumers to shop locally; and to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses and the impact of locally owned small businesses on the economy of the United States.

“Small businesses can only be successful if their customers purchase their goods and services, and now more than ever, small businesses need our support,” Senator Landrieu said. “I encourage all Americans to continue to participate in this effort for the second year in a row. Let’s show our support for America’s small businesses and begin to make Small Business Saturday as well-known as Black Friday.”

“I hope all Americans will join me in shopping at Main Street businesses on Small Business Saturday, which is a way for all of us to support the entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all net new jobs, and have historically been the drivers behind our nation’s recoveries,” Senator Snowe said. “During the busiest shopping season of the year, we should remember that our local restaurants, bookshops, and hardware stores are the economic engines in our communities, and they deserve our support.”

Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a national movement to drive consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses during the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 212 million shoppers spent $45 billion on consumer purchases during Thanksgiving weekend last year. By designating November 26, 2011 as Small Business Saturday, the goal of the resolution is to encourage a larger percentage of these shoppers to make their purchases from local businesses, increasing the share of the profits small businesses will enjoy.

Cosponsors of the resolution include: Senators John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Scott P. Brown (R-Massachusetts), Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyoming), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), James Risch (R-Indiana), Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Joseph Lieberman (ID-Connecticut), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Barbara Boxer (D-California), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey), Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Jim Webb (D-Virginia), Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Dick Lugar (R-Indiana), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

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