Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proclaimed Nov. 26 as “Small Business Saturday” in Kansas to highlight the importance of small businesses to the state’s economy.

“Shopping locally is a great way to help your neighbors and support your community,” said Governor Brownback. “I encourage everyone to support the small businesses in their communities this Saturday and throughout the holiday season.”

Small Business Saturday celebrates small businesses across the nation and encourages people to “shop small” on what is traditionally the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

Dan Murray, Kansas state director of the National Federation of Independent Business said supporting small businesses during the holiday season pays dividends throughout the year. NFIB/Kansas is the state’s largest small-business association.

“When you shop at a small business, there’s a good chance you’ll be dealing directly with the owner of the company,” Murray said. “You’ll be dealing with somebody who could be your friend or neighbor. You’ll be dealing with someone who actually creates jobs and supports the community. On behalf of our small-business members, I want to thank Governor Brownback for encouraging everyone to support their hometowns and shop small and shop local on Small Business Saturday.”

Kansas joins a nationwide effort to highlight small businesses. This is the seventh annual Small Business Saturday observance, which was started by American Express as a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

An audio clip about Small Business Saturday is available.