From the governor’s desk: A weekly column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-W.Va.)
November 27, 2012
Small business is big business in West Virginia. As we prepare for the biggest shopping season of the year, I encourage you to support your local businesses by shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 24. Set between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for you to invest your hard earned dollars back into your hometown and to promote the importance of small businesses in your community.
In West Virginia, more than ninety-six percent of our state’s employers are small businesses-contributing to the strength of our local economies. Behind each of our small businesses is an entrepreneur with a dream. Many of these men and women turned their dream into a reality with assistance from the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. Today, these entrepreneurs work alongside their dedicated employees to offer customers from near and far unique products and personalized service.
The dedication of Main Street West Virginia to revitalizing our historic commercial districts helps preserve our past while helping today’s businesses contribute to the unique character of our hometowns. Main Street Morgantown will mark its second year celebrating Small Business Saturday with unique local shops and special attractions, including free photos with Santa, musicians and drawings for prizes. Main Street West Virginia and the Small Business Development Center know the value of homegrown businesses, and that’s why they, too are supporting Small Business Saturday.
As you give thanks this holiday season, I encourage you to keep in mind your local West Virginia small businesses. After all, what you spend in your town stays in your town-strengthening your community and helping ensure a brighter future for your hometown and all of West Virginia.