Resolution for Small Business Weekend encourages shopping on "Main Street"

State Rep. Jen Benson, Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Small Business and Community Development and a member of the Small Business Caucus, is reminding local business owners and shoppers that the first Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving was declared as Small Business Weekend in Massachusetts last year.

Benson was pleased to co-sponsor the House Resolution establishing the Small Business Weekend. The purpose of the resolution is to recognize the important economic role and positive impacts small business has on our communities and to encourage shopping at "Main Street" local businesses.

Not only do local businesses employ local people, but for every $100 spent with locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through local taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.

"Supporting our local businesses helps our communities and puts people back to work," said Benson. "I encourage all of you take part in the upcoming Small Business Weekend."

In 2011, the first ever Small Business Caucus at the State House was started in order to create a more business friendly climate in the Commonwealth. The caucus has been working with legislative members and industry experts on issues concerning small businesses.