Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 26 as “Small Business Saturday” in Kansas and encourages holiday shoppers to support small businesses in their communities on that day and throughout the holiday season.
“Small businesses are the vital part of the Kansas economy and are the lifeblood of our communities,” Brownback said. “We need small businesses to thrive in order to grow the Kansas economy and create jobs.”
Kansas joins a nationwide effort to highlight small businesses. This is the second annual Small Business Saturday observance, which was started by American Express as a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
“We are asking Kansas to shop at their favorite, local stores,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “They are key to the state’s economic health and job growth.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States last year, creating 65 percent of the net new jobs over the past two decades. Small businesses totaled 237,543 in Kansas, based on the latest SBA data available. Of these, more than 59,000 were employers, and they accounted for 53.4 percent of private-sector jobs in the state.
“We believe strongly in small business,” said Rob Briman, third-generation family owner of Briman’s Leading Jewelers in Topeka. “This year, our company celebrated its 71st year in business. We feel without the loyalty of our customers throughout the years, we wouldn’t be three generations old. We value the relationships with our customers, and their importance to small businesses like ours.”
For more information on Small Business Saturday, go to http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/.