Hundreds of businesses across Utah are participating in Small Business Saturday this year.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert declared Nov. 29 "Small Business Saturday" to recognize and support small businesses in Utah, part of a nationwide effort to encourage holiday shoppers to buy locally in their own communities.
Founded in 2010, Small Business Saturday helps neighborhood stores, restaurants and other local businesses to rally residents to celebrate their own.
"Small businesses are critical to Utah's economy," Gov. Herbert said. "They create jobs, fuel additional business and generate revenue in communities throughout our state. I am proud Utah is one of the most small-business-friendly states in our country. Having operated my own real estate firm, I appreciate our entrepreneurs and invite all Utahns to shop at local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday but throughout the year."