The Los Alamos County Council earlier this month proclaimed today, Nov. 26, as Small Business Saturday and encourages everyone to shop at our local businesses:
WHEREAS: Los Alamos County appreciates our small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy annually: $17 million in full and quick serve restaurant sales, $3.5 million in hotel sales, $16 million in gas station with convenience store sales, $5 million in hardware and building materials sales, and $2.8 million in family clothing sales; and
WHEREAS: Local small businesses support the growth of our tourism economy – as recently recognized by Governor Martinez and Secretary of Tourism Rebecca Latham for our “Cinderella Story” and double digit growth in the past year; Los Alamos visitor spending grew 10.6% or $34.2 million in 2015; and
WHEREAS: Los Alamos small businesses include home-based service businesses, home-based marketing businesses, LANL technology spin offs, bio ventures, manufacturers, retailers, restauranteurs, hoteliers, franchises, lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, medical professionals, therapists and a plethora of other entrepreneurs; and
WHEREAS: Los Alamos small businesses create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods, and they traditionally join in the national practice of “Small Business Saturday” the Saturday after Thanksgiving; and
WHEREAS: Los Alamos businesses don’t just participate in “Small Business Saturday” by opening their doors to consumers; they also donate a portion of their sales to local non-profits, making it a day that truly benefits the entire community;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, November 26, 2016 as
“SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY”
in Los Alamos County, and urge our residents to support small businesses and merchants by shopping locally on this day, as well as throughout the year.
DATED this 14th day of November, 2016.
Rick Reiss, Chair
Los Alamos County Council