Gillette, WY [November 20, 2012] - At last night's City Council meeting, the city of Gillette announced its endorsement and participation in the third annual Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.
"Our locally owned small businesses are vital to Gillette, and I encourage everyone to shop locally as much as possible," said Mayor Murphy.
Councilwoman Louise Carter-King also spoke about the growth of retail in Gillette, "Year after year, the citizen survey tells us that our residents want more retail. And look at all the stores that have opened in the last two or three months. That's fantastic. Now we just need to get out and support them all."
American Express, founding partner of Small Business Saturday, created the national program in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Similar to last year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan small business advocate and operational arm of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, is rallying mayors across the country to show their support and encourage their local communities to "shop small" on November 24, 2012.
In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Gillette, Mayor Murphy: • Issued a Small Business Saturday Proclamation and listed Gillette on the Small Business Saturday Facebook Page (approaching 3 Million followers) • Engaged Gillette main streets in planning Small Business Saturday shopping events on November 24th
"Last year, elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. championed Small Business as millions shopped small on the day," said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. "This year, we are urging Mayors everywhere to get their communities excited about shopping at their local small businesses during this holiday season."
Additional information about Small Business Saturday is available at: www.ShopSmall.com.