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Mayor Johnny L. DuPree of Hattiesburg, MS Declares November 29th Small Business Saturday

Hattiesburg, MS – The city of Hattiesburg announced its endorsement and participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small independently-owned businesses that help boost local economies across the country.

“Black Friday is right around the corner and I urge my fellow community members to support our local, small businesses as they truly are the backbone of our nation’s economy. Pumping money into our local economy is a deposit into our community’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Mayor DuPree expressed.

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for small, independently-owned businesses. In 2013, millions of consumers shopped at independently-owned small business spending $5.7 billion on the day – up from $5.5 billion in 2012.

Similar to last year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan small business advocate and operational arm of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, is rallying mayors across the country to show their support and encourage their local communities to “shop small” on November 29, 2014.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny L. DuPree will issue a Small Business Saturday Proclamation for the city.

“In 2013, elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. championed Small Business Saturday which helped drive consumers to small, independently-owned businesses on the day,” said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. “This year, we are urging Mayors everywhere to show their support and encourage their communities to ‘shop small’ during the holiday season.”

Hattiesburg small businesses will be offered toolkits and other resources to participate in Small Business Saturday by WIPP, on behalf of the Small Business Saturday Coalition.  Additional information about Small Business Saturday is available at: