Washington, D.C.— Congressman Rice (SC-07), member of the House Committee on Small Business, released the following statement regarding Small Business Saturday:

“As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, I recognize the vital role that small businesses play in our local economies,” said Congressman Rice. “With about 60 to 80 percent of all new jobs created by small businesses, it is important to support the businesses that make our community great. These stores, owned and operated by our neighbors and our friends, make our areas unique. I am asking constituents in the Seventh District to Shop Small this Thanksgiving weekend and support Small Business Saturday.  Many of our small businesses have supported our communities for decades and it is time for us to show our support for them”

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to uplifting small businesses across the county. Since small businesses make up communities and employ about half of all private sector jobs, Small Business Saturday was created after Black Friday in an effort to encourage people to support their local stores.

“We are fortunate that Horry County is home to many diverse local businesses,” said Brad Dean, President and CEO of Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. “These businesses could not thrive without the support of our community. Small Business Saturday provides the perfect opportunity for people to support their local stores during their Holiday shopping.”

“More than 70 percent our members are small businesses,” said Tom Marschel, President of Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. “They are the backbone of our membership and community. We proudly promoted Small Business Saturday last year and heartily endorse participation this year.”