Thanks to my colleagues Rep. Dykema and Rep. Mannal for taking lead on this. Proud to be one of original sponsors of formal resolution to designate the Saturday and Sunday after the fourth Thursday in November as “Small Business Weekend” in Massachusetts. More details below:
On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable) and sixteen of his legislative colleagues (including Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Rep. Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers), Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow), Rep. John Fernandes (D-Milford), Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester), Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough), Rep. James Cantwell (D-Marshfield), Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford), Rep. Rhonda Nyman (D-Hanover), Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury), Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield), Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), Rep. Jonathon Zlotnik (D-Gardner), and Rep. Paul Heroux (D-Attleboro)) announced the passage of a formal resolution to designate the Saturday and Sunday after the fourth Thursday in November as “Small Business Weekend” in Massachusetts.
The representatives drafted and filed the resolution for the purpose of promoting small, local businesses during the holiday season. Recently, multiple national retailers announced plans to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to preempt the Black Friday shopping event that has become synonymous with the start of the holiday shopping season. The representatives proposed dedicating the weekend after Thanksgiving to small businesses to draw attention to the benefits of shopping local and “to encourage every citizen of the Commonwealth to seek their gifts, services, and necessities from among their neighbors.”
“On average, $45 of every $100 spent at locally owned businesses stays in the local economy. By contrast, for every $100 spent at big box and corporate retail stores, approximately $14 remains in the local economy,” said Representative Mannal. “When you support a local business, you’re supporting the community in which you live. When you support Small Business Weekend, not only are you helping your neighbors put food on their table, but you’re recognizing the right of small business owners to spend the holiday with their family and friends.”
“Small businesses are the cornerstones of our local economies as well as our communities,” stated Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston). “Supporting locally-owned companies strengthens the economic fabric of our cities and towns, while bringing our neighbors together.”
In addition to the sixteen original co-sponsors listed above, 59 other representatives added their names to the resolution, bringing the total number of legislators showing approval for the pro-small business resolution to seventy-five.