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By Jason Lalak

 It's hard to believe, but this Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday!   WIPP is so proud to be leading the Small Business Saturday Coalition for our third year - and thank all of you for your amazing support!  Our partners, small businesses, corporations, organizations, Mayors, Governors, members of Congress throughout the country are on track to make this the biggest and best ever.    

 The momentum coast to coast is overwhelming, but there is one last thing we need to make Small Business Saturday 2013 the biggest ever -- YOU!    But we need YOU to Shop Small on Saturday, November 30.

 Nearly 370 organizations across the country are spreading the word to their members and business owners.  The American Booksellers Association has rallied over 1,000 authors to work in independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday to help shoppers find the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists (for more information, please visit here.)  Over 270 Mayors have issued Proclamations declaring November 30th Small Business Saturday.  The SBA has again officially launched and members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to spread the message and to go shopping in their home communities.  

We are down to the wire now.  We need you to shop this Saturday, and to message your friends and neighbors to Shop Small -- the communities and the businesses are ready, so lets all make sure we get out and shop!  

WIPP announces its coalition of 159 organizations to drive support for the third annual Small Business Saturday which falls this year on November 24th - the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   Lets all go out and support our small business colleagues!  View the release here #SmallBizSat.

AMEX wins two Cannes Grand Prix Awards for Small Business Saturday.  WIPP is a proud partner!

WIPP applauds unanimous Senate recognition of Small Business Saturday.   "The leadership by Senators Landrieu and Snowe that brought full and complete bipartisan support together is to be commended," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff.  "A majority of privately-held small businesses are owned by women, and when shoppers patronize these local companies, they are helping their own communities in many ways.  Women business owners make major contributions to the local and national economy through the creation of jobs, giving back to their communities and serving as leaders in their local business communities."

The Small Business Saturday resolution cites a number of reasons for encouraging consumers to shop local.   Small businesses employ half of the employees in the private sector; create 60 to 80% of all new jobs; and 99% of U.S. consumers agree that it is important to support the small businesses in their community.

Joining Sens. Landrieu and Snowe as co-sponsors were members from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee that includes Kelly Ayotte (R- NH), Scott Brown (R-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Kay Hagan (D-NC), John Kerry (D- MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mark Pryor (D-AR), James Risch (R-ID) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

A Message from President Obama

6:14 PM November 23, 2011

Click here to read the complete message from President Barack Obama.

When a small business thrives, a community thrives.  "From the mom-and-pop storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our Nation's promise."  President Barack Obama. 

The White House and the Administration have demonstrated extraordinary support for Small Business Saturday.   Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, and SBA have been leading the charge, and we expect several other Cabinet secretaries to participate in events throughout the country on Saturday.  Some highlights:  Valerie Jarrett is going to participate in the Chicago event and Karen Mills in Boston as well as many US and State elected officials and Mayors throughout the country.  

The White House also  just posted a blog post from Karen Mills on the White House web site with more details, so check out the link by clicking here: White House Blog Article on Small Business Saturday 

And don't forget to check out Small Business Saturday on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SmallBizSat




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