Countdown to Third Annual Small Business Saturday Begins with Support from Every Corner of the Count

Countdown to Third Annual Small Business Saturday Begins with Support from Every Corner of the Country

More than 150 Advocacy Organizations, 30 Corporations, and U.S. Senate Unite to Inspire Consumers to Shop Small on November 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan organization that advocates for issues affecting the health of small businesses, today announced its coalition of 159 organizations that will drive support for the third annual Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day for dedicating a portion of holiday shopping at local, independently-owned businesses.

Recently, the United States Senate unanimously passed a Small Business Saturday Resolution, which supports efforts to encourage consumers to shop locally and increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. The resolution received bi-partisan support from more than 40 co-sponsors.

American Express, the founding partner of Small Business Saturday, created the national program in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. WIPP is leading the Small Business Saturday Coalition, which is on pace to exceed the size of last year's, to inspire business owners and communities across the country and raise awareness of the value small businesses bring to local communities.

The following 159 organizations and 30 corporations have joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition, to build on last year's success that drove millions of Americans to shop small. "The support from these organizations, corporations and members of Congress is helping small retailers and restaurants more effectively market themselves to get their cash registers ringing on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year," said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP.



Accion East Coast and Online
Aiken Chamber of Commerce
American Booksellers Association
American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
Arizona Small Business Association
Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
Association for Women in Communications
Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)
Association of Women's Business Centers
Astra Women's Business Alliance
Better Business Bureaus
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
Business and Professional Women's Foundation
CAMEO - California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women & Enterprise
Charlotte Center City Partners
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Church Street Marketplace
City of Charlotte, NC
City of Orlando Main Street Program
City of Peoria, Illinois
City of San Jose
City of Scottsdale
City of Washington, IL
Coachella Valley Women's Business Center
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
CPCC Institute for Entrepreneurship
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
DC Chamber of Commerce
Deanwood Heights Main Streets
Destination DC
Detroit Regional Chamber
Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District
East Orlando Chamber of Commerce
East Peoria Chamber of Commerce
Echelon Circles
Enterprising Women
EWF International
eWomen Network
Florida Small Business Development Center Network
Foster City Chamber of Commerce
Georgetown Business Improvement District
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)
Global EXEC Women
Grand Avenue Business Association
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Helms Bakery District
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin
Hyde Park Main Streets
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
Independent We Stand
Inland Empire Women's Business Center
La Cocina
Lacon Chamber of Commerce
Lacon Economic Development Committee
Latino Economic Development Center
Little PINK Book
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida
Metro Centre Shopping Center - Peoria, IL
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Mills 50
Morton Chamber of Commerce
National Association for Female Executives & Entrepreneurs (NAFE)
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
National Association of Certified Government Business Enterprise
National Association of Women Business Owners, Central Illinois
National Association of Women REO Brokerages (NAWRB)
National Foundation for Women Legislators
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
National Ice Cream Retailers Association
National Restaurant Association
National Small Business Association
NAWBO - National Association of Women Business Owners
New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, NJAWBO
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
NY Business Latino
NYC & Company
Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council (ORV-WBC)
Old Bridge Economic Development Corporation
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Oviedo - Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce
Pacific Community Ventures
Park Avenue Merchants Association
Pekin (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Peoria County Government, IL
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Retail Merchants Association
Roslindale Village Main Street
Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream
San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau
San Francisco Locally Owned Business Alliance
San Francisco Office of Small Business
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
SBDC @ Indian River State College
Seton Hill University E-Magnify
Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center at Gulf Coast State College
Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida
Small Business Development Center Miami Dade
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Small Business Majority
Society of American Florists
Sundance Square
Tazewell County
The Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
The Heartland Partnership
The Latino Coalition
The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL)
The National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP)
Union Street Association
Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship®
Upham's Corner Main Street, Inc.
Valley Economic Development Center - VEDC
Village Alliance
Washington Chamber of Commerce
Washington Gateway Main Street
Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation
Wealthy Sistas Media Group
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Women Construction Owners & Executives USA
Women Impacting Public Policy
Women in Ecommerce
WIRES - Women Impacting Real Estate Solutions
Women in Default Services
Women Presidents' Organization
Women's Business Center at Florida Tech
Women's Business Council-Southwest
Women's Business Development Center
Women's Business Development Center - Chicago
Women's Business Development Council of Florida
Women's Business Enterprise Alliance - WBEA
Women's Business Enterprise Council South
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Women's Business and Training Center
Women's Exchange, Inc.
Women's Business Development Council - (WBDC)
Women's Leadership Exchange


Ace HardwareReachLocal, Inc.
Business BewareRocket Lawyer
Central ParkingTaylor Corporation
Clear ChannelTekserve
Constant Contact, Inc.Tissot Swiss Watches
Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.True Value Company
FedExVerizon Wireless
FTDvFlyer Inc.
Hilton HHonors™Xerox Direct
HyattXero Online Accounting
Marriott InternationalYext
Plantronics®Zipcar for Business

About Small Business Saturday

November 24th marks the third annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday (SBS) was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. More than 2.7 million Facebook users, 230 public and private organizations, 75 corporations and elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. declared their support for SBS last year. More than 500,000 small business owners leveraged an online tool or promotional materials for SBS and 15,000 businesses signed up for free Facebook advertising to promote their products and services in the run up to SBS. American Express is the founding sponsor of SBS.

About Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

Women Impacting Public Policy is a national nonpartisan group with over half-a-million members. WIPP is the collective voice in Washington, D.C., for over 50 national women and small business organizations. WIPP advocates for and on behalf of women in business in the legislative process of our nation, creating economic opportunities for members and building alliances with other small business organizations. Visit

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