PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, The government of Greenwich, CT, celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; according to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 31.7 million small businesses in the United States, representing 99.9% of all firms with paid employees in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Small businesses employ 47.1% of the employees in the private sector in the United States, 62% of U.S. small businesses reported that they need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay in business, and three-quarters of U.S. consumers are currently looking for ways to Shop Small® and support their community; and
WHEREAS, 96% of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday® agree that shopping at small, independently-owned businesses supports their commitment to making purchases that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact and most consumers who shop on Small Business Saturday agree that small businesses are essential to their community; and
WHEREAS, 95% of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday reported the day makes them want to shop or eat at small, independently-owned businesses all year long, not just during the holiday season; and
WHEREAS, The Town of Greenwich supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy, and preserve our community; and
WHEREAS, Advocacy groups, as well as public and private organizations, across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.
And urge Town residents to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.