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November 25, 2023: Small Business Saturday

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses comprise over 98% of Michigan businesses and employ half of Michigan workers; and,

WHEREAS, for every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy; and,

WHEREAS, if Michigan consumers redirected 10% of their estimated $30.3 billion in out-of-state commerce and remote sales, it would increase Michigan employment by more than 16,000 jobs and boost incomes by nearly $660 million according to the Michigan Retailers Association; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a variety of vibrant industries, driven by talented and innovative entrepreneurs; and,

WHEREAS, as we approach the holiday season, buying locally supports these entrepreneurs, encourages small business growth, and supports job growth in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, first celebrated nationally in 2010, Small Business Saturday calls attention to the importance of shopping at the small businesses that serve as the backbone of the American economy and our local communities; and,

WHEREAS, on this day and throughout the year, we encourage Michigan residents to take advantage of the wonderful industries our state has to offer by shopping, dining, and staying local to support Michigan’s small businesses; and,

WHEREAS, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we should support small businesses and entrepreneurs and celebrate their resiliency and contributions to our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 25, 2023, as Small Business Saturday in Michigan.