This week, we gather our families together to celebrate a day of giving thanks for our blessings. In his 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation, President George Washington called the occasion "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
We truly are blessed to live in a country that is more prosperous than any other this world has ever known. Even though it's not perfect, we live in the greatest country on Earth. A country where a dream, hard work and a little common sense can take you anywhere you want to go.
In that vein, Americans have recently begun a new tradition that recognizes our nation's entrepreneurs. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day to support local businesses that are at the heart of our communities.
America's small businesses are the engines of job creation and economic growth -- responsible for creating about 7 out of 10 new jobs. For every $100 spent with locally-owned small business stores, an estimated $68 returns to the community through local taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.
But for small businesses to continue being our best economic catalysts, they need our support. Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity for consumers to get their holiday shopping accomplished while supporting small businesses that will help bolster the economy.
I hope you will take the time to shop local this Saturday, and I wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.