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Small Business Saturday set for this weekend in Redmond

City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione will proclaim Nov. 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as Small Business Saturday in Redmond.

Small Business Saturday sits between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a day dedicated to celebrating the small businesses in the community. The City of Redmond has signed on to participate in the national campaign started by American Express in 2010, which gives small businesses more recognition on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

"By supporting Redmond's small businesses, shoppers will boost our local economy and help create and maintain jobs in Redmond," Marchione said. "I'm proud to support Small Business Saturday and I encourage all residents, employees and visitors to shop small on Nov. 24 in support of our wonderful Redmond merchants."

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Marchione will explain that small businesses nationally represent 99.7 percent of all businesses having employees, they employ 50 percent of the employees in the private sector, generate 60-80 percent of new jobs annually, and that 99 percent of Americans agree that it's important to have small businesses in a community.

To shop small in Redmond, find a directory of Redmond businesses and discounts at www.thinkredmond.com.

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