West Loop Community Organization lends its support to 8th Annual Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small® Movement to drive commerce to small businesses.
 
Chicago, IL – 10/19/17 – West Loop Community Organization today
announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November
25th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and
strengthening and celebrating communities across the country.
 
The West Loop Community Organization is excited to promote Small Business Saturday encouraging businesses and residents in the neighborhood to participate. West Loop Community Organization will be promoting Small Business Saturday throughout the west loop facilitated by publishing a list of all participating businesses.
 
Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial
kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2016, an
estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.1 The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
 
Small Business Saturday celebrates the diversity of small businesses across the U.S. and
West Loop Community Organization recognizes the importance of supporting small
businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities.
According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses
nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of
firms with paid employees.2 
 
Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get
involved by visiting ShopSmall.com.
 
 
CONTACT:
Hannah Feldman, Program Manager
West Loop Community Organization
312-666-1545
Hannah@westloop.org
 
Melissa J Filipek
American Express
212-640-8658
melissa.j.filipek@aexp.com
 
 
ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
November 25th marks the eighth annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that can help create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. Learn more on ShopSmall.com, instagram.com/shopsmall, facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday, twitter.com/shopsmall.
 
1Estimates are based on consumer self-reported data from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express (November 27, 2016) and do not reflect actual receipts or sales.
2Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, March 2014.


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