Residents Encouraged to Support Small Businesses in Prince George's County

WI Web Staff Report | 11/22/2011, 1:04 p.m.

LARGO, MD - As the holidays near, residents in Prince George's County are encouraged to support small businesses, particularly on Saturday, Nov. 26 during the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

The second annual Small Business Saturday -- which has become a national movement -- has been designated a day to support local businesses that have created jobs, boosted the economy and preserved neighborhoods across the country.

"Small businesses are the engine of job creation in Prince George's County," said Gwen McCall, president and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation. "By spreading the word about Small Business Saturday, we can help raise awareness about the critical role small businesses play in the county and across the country at a time when they need support the most."

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States last year.

While the businesses have created 65 percent of all new jobs over the past two decades, their importance to local communities extends even further: for every $100 spent in locally-owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.