Daines Encourages Montanans to “Shop Small” on November 28

BOZEMAN, Mont. — In recognition of Small Business Saturday, Senator Steve Daines is encouraging his fellow Montanans to “shop small” and join him in highlighting the important contributions that Montana’s small businesses make to Montana’s economy year round. 

Daines is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution to recognize November 28, 2015 as “Small Business Saturday” and to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. S.Res. 304 unanimously passed the United States Senate.

Small businesses are the backbone of Montana’s economy,” Daines stated. “When small businesses grow, our economy grows. Our country was founded on hard work and entrepreneurship and I’m proud that Montana small businesses continue to lead the way and exemplify the best of our country’s heritage. I encourage my fellow Montanans to shop small and join me in supporting Montana small businesses not just this Saturday, but every day.”

By designating November 28, 2015 as “Small Business Saturday,” Daines’ resolution aims to encourage consumers to shop locally this holiday season and to increase awareness of the impact of locally-owned small businesses on the United States’ economy. 

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses significantly impact Montana’s economy. Small businesses represent 97.5 percent of all Montana employers and employ 68.4 percent of Montana’s private-sector labor force.  

Before serving in Congress, Daines spent more than 27 years in business. He helped grow a Montana-based cloud computing startup, RightNow Technologies, into Bozeman, Montana’s largest commercial employer. 

The full text of the resolution is available here.