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Governor Perdue Encourages North Carolinians to Support Local Small Businesses

Press Release

Location: Raleigh, NC

Gov. Perdue today proclaimed Saturday, November 26th as "Small Business Saturday" in North Carolina.

"I want to encourage all North Carolinians to support small businesses close to home on this Saturday and every day," Gov. Perdue said. "Small businesses are the lifeblood of our state's economic future. They make up 47.9% of all businesses in the state and create two-thirds of all new jobs."

This event, celebrated nationally, is dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Consumers are encouraged to use the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" -- traditionally the busiest shopping days of the year, to shop at small businesses around the state.

The national 'Small Business Saturday' movement is an excellent way to contribute to the local economies by patronizing local stores, restaurants, and service providers. The Governor urges consumers shopping this weekend and during the weeks to come to think local and support North Carolina's small businesses.

Small business success is critical to North Carolina's and the nation's overall economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are approximately 28 million small businesses in the United States, which have created 65 percent of new jobs over the past two decades. According to the 3/50 Project, a small business advocacy group, "for every $100 spent in locally-owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures."

For more information on the state's small business resources, visit: www.nccommerce.com/smallbusiness

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