Los Alamos County Councilor Sara Scott, far right, presents a proclamation to Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce representatives Ryn Hermann, center, and Sam McRae proclaiming Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos County. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos County Council members meeting Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building issued a proclamation proclaimed Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos County. The proclamation, which was read by Councilor Sara Scott, appears below:
Whereas, Los Alamos County, celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; and
Whereas, according to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of firms with paid employees, small businesses are responsible for 62 percent of net new jobs created since 1995, and small businesses employ 46.8 percent of the employees in the private sector in the United States, and
Whereas, 79 percent of consumers understand the importance of supporting the small businesses in their community on Small Business Saturday®, 70 percent report the day makes them want to encourage others to Shop Small®, independently-owned retailers, and 66 percent report that the day makes them want to Shop Small all year long; and
Whereas, 58 percent of shoppers reported they shopped online with a small business and 54 percent reported they dined or ordered takeout from a small restaurant, bar, or café on Small Business Saturday in 2021; and
Whereas, Los Alamos County 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.
Now, Therefore, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim, November 26, 2022, as “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” and urge the residents of our community, and communities across the country, to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.