WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; and
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are currently an estimated 28 million small businesses in the United States, representing more than 99 percent of American companies and two-thirds of all new jobs created, while generating about half of the private gross domestic product; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that small businesses employ one-half of all private sector workers in the United States; and
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 89 percent of U.S. consumers agree that small businesses contribute positively to the local community by supplying jobs and generating tax revenue, and 86 percent of U.S. consumers have small businesses in their communities that would be missed if closed; and
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 93 percent of U.S. consumers agree that it is important to support small businesses in their communities, and 90 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to pledge support to a “buy local” movement; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina supports local businesses that create jobs, boost our economy and preserve neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is home to more than 800,000 small businesses that account for nearly one-half of our gross state product and about one-half of the private sector workforce; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina encourages citizens to support small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving and throughout the year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 28, 2015, as “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.