Rosemary Elebash, state director of the National Federation
of Independent Business, today thanked Gov. Robert Bentley for declaring Nov.
26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday in the state of
“Small business is the heart and soul of Alabama’s economy,”
Elebash said. “Small business accounts for 97 percent of all businesses in the
state, and small businesses employ 48 percent of the state’s private-sector
“Black Friday is when people like to get up early and fight over
parking spaces and line up outside the chain stores, but if you’re looking for
something unique and want to support your friends and neighbors, you need to
“When you shop at a small business, there’s a good chance
you’ll be dealing directly with the owner of the company. You’ll be dealing
with somebody who could be your friend or neighbor. You’ll be dealing with
someone who actually creates jobs and supports the community.”
NFIB, the nation’s and Alabama’s leading small-business business
association, is once again helping small and
independent businesses to get the word out online about their best Small Business Saturday deals. Small business owners can visit www.NFIB.com/SBS to submit information about their business and why shoppers should visit on Nov.
26. NFIB will promote these submissions on NFIB.com and to its Facebook fans
and Twitter followers.
year, shoppers spent $16.2 billion at locally-owned stores and restaurants on
Small Business Saturday, according to a
survey conducted by American Express and NFIB. Last year’s total marked a
14 percent increase over 2014’s event.
said, “On behalf of our small-business members, I want to thank Governor
Bentley for encouraging everyone to support their hometowns and shop small and
shop local on Small Business Saturday.”