Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as "Small Business Saturday" and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy.
"Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our nation's beginning, and they remain a driving force behind our economy. Today, small businesses in New Mexico are almost 96 percent of our state's employers, and employ over half of our private-sector workforce. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I'm working hard to implement policies that create opportunities for small businesses to grow, get access to capital and hire new workers.
"The upcoming holiday season presents a real opportunity to support our locally owned businesses. That's why I have cosponsored a resolution in the Senate to designate the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30, 2013, as Small Business Saturday. Historically, the weekend following Thanksgiving is the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. As we approach the holiday season this year, I encourage you to join me in shopping at our locally owned businesses. I wish all New Mexicans a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and - for our small business owners, a prosperous Small Business Saturday."