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Governor Dayton Proclaims “Small Business Saturday” in Minnesota

11/21/2018 11:59:12 AM

Governor Dayton encourages Minnesotans to support their local businesses this holiday season
ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Saturday, November 24, 2018, as “Small Business Saturday” in the State of Minnesota. The proclamation recognizes the contributions of small businesses, and encourages Minnesotans to support their local businesses with their patronage this holiday season. 
“Small businesses in the United States employ over half of the employees in the private sector, and more than 500,000 Minnesota small businesses employ one million Minnesotans,” reads Governor Dayton’s proclamation. “The State of Minnesota supports local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economies, and preserve neighborhoods.”
Established by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2010, Small Business Saturday is observed every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. The day encourages people across the country to support small businesses with their holiday shopping, in order to bring more financial activity to local economies. In 2017, more than 7,200 combined groups and individuals committed themselves as Neighborhood Champions, to rally their communities together with unique events to celebrate the day.
“Small businesses play a critical role in Minnesota’s economic successes, and Small Business Saturday is an important day to celebrate their contributions,” said Employment and Economic Development Commissioner, Shawntera Hardy. “Last year, for every dollar spent on state programs supporting small businesses, more than six dollars was invested back into our economy.”
Minnesota is home to 513,118 small businesses, with approximately 47,277 of them minority-owned, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Overall, Minnesota small businesses employ over one million people, and this year, have supported the creation of 34,242 new roles. 
You can find out more about Small Business Saturday by clicking here.
To read Governor Dayton’s full proclamation, CLICK HERE.
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