NEWARK — Congressman John Carney joined Mike Monagle, owner of Delaware Running Company, and Tony Leta, Delaware District Director of the Small Business Administration, to encourage Delawareans to participate in Small Business Saturday and support local businesses throughout the holiday season.  Small Business Saturday, held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, takes place this year on November 24, 2012.  

Today’s press conference was held at the Delaware Running Company store located on Newark’s Main Street.  State Senator Dave Sokola, State Representative Paul Baumbach, New Castle County Councilwoman Lisa Diller, and Newark Mayor Vance Funk were also present.

“The weekend after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year,” said Congressman Carney.  “And the stores that can really benefit are those small businesses all across the state that create jobs, strengthen the economy, and preserve our communities.  That’s what Small Business Saturday is all about: helping local businesses capture some momentum at the start of the holiday shopping season.”

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses nationwide accounted for 65% of net new jobs created over the past 17 years.  Now in its third year, Small Business Saturday aims to help small business owners attract more customers.

“Locally owned businesses are essential to every vibrant community,” said Mike Monagle, owner of Delaware Running Company.  “For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $52 dollars stays within the local community.  We are your neighbors, we hire your neighbors, and we support local charities.”

In Delaware and across the country, small business owners are taking advantage of Small Business Saturday by planning special offers, partnering with other local businesses, and hosting events to attract customers to their stores.

“I encourage all Delawareans who are looking for that perfect gift to stop by a local small business,” said Congressman Carney.  “It may only take one visit to become a loyal customer all year round.”