WASHINGTON – November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our communities. Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.” said, Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

“By shopping small on November 24 th and throughout this holiday season, we can support the men and women who are building these amazing small businesses. And we can also get great products and services for our family, friends and loved ones. It’s a win-win.

WE R HERE — a coalition giving voice to more than 10,000 small businesses on important issues such as taxes, jobs and the economy — urges shoppers to show their support to small businesses and shop locally with both brick and mortar and online companies.

“One of the great untold stories in American commerce is that thousands of small, web-enabled companies are in virtually every community across the country,” said Phil Bond, Executive Director of WE R HERE and former Under Secretary for Technology at the U.S. Commerce Department.  “We hope Americans will support local companies with either in-person or online purchases this Saturday, and not overlook the small job creators in their communities that are using the Internet to grow their businesses. They are creating jobs, paying taxes and helping to grow their communities.”

November 24 marks the third annual Small Business Saturday. For more information on how to support Small Business Saturday in your area Click Here, check out www.sba.gov/saturday or visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday and follow us on Twitter @SBAgov, #SmallBizSat.