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SBA administrator pushes shopping, dining on Small Business Saturday this weekend

By Eric Reinhardt


BJNN File Photo of Maria Contreras-Sweet by Eric Reinhardt

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is encouraging all Americans to “shop small” at local businesses and “dine small” at local restaurants and bars as part of this weekend’s Small Business Saturday.

It is set for Saturday, Nov. 26.

“Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses, the pillars of economic stability and job creation in communities all across America,” Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA administrator, said in an agency news release. “This celebration helps bring vital activity into our nation’s 28.8 million independent businesses during the important holiday retail season.”

This year marks the 7th Small Business Saturday, an annual “celebration” of America’s small-business community coordinated by SBA in partnership with New York City–based American Express Company. (NYSE: AXP) and Washington, D.C.–based Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

WIPP is a “national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women business owners in the legislative processes of our nation,” according to its website. 

More than 95 million Americans spent a combined $16.2 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday in 2015, the SBA said.

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