On Nov. 17, the CBICC was proud to accept a proclamation from State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham urging residents to shop at Centre County’s small businesses and merchants on Saturday as part of the national Small Business Saturday initiative.
The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County is an enthusiastic supporter of this effort, recognizing the tremendous value of the county’s small businesses — many of them our members — to the community.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 23 million small businesses in the United States, representing more than 99 percent of American employer firms, creating more than two-thirds of the net new jobs and generating 46 percent of private gross domestic product. These businesses truly are the backbone of the U.S. economy.
Centre County is fortunate to be home to many unique small businesses — from specialty shops to family-owned restaurants and bakeries to providers of services we utilize in our daily lives. They help create vibrant downtowns and enhance the overall quality of life in their respective communities.
The CBICC encourages residents to “shop small” on Saturday, and to include small businesses in their shopping mix throughout the year.
The writer is president and CEO of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County.