TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing Saturday, November 28, as Small Business Saturday to recognize the significant impact of Florida’s small businesses on our economy.This week, Governor Scott unveiled his 2016-2017 Florida First budget that cuts taxes by $1 billion to grow Florida’s manufacturing industry and help small businesses while further diversifying the economy.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and create valuable jobs in our community; and
WHEREAS, in March 2015, there were almost 500,000 businesses in Florida that employed fewer than 20 employees, representing 92.2 percent of all businesses in the state; and
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; and
WHEREAS, these 23 million small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida is focused on making it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs, and Florida’s pro-business strategies have resulted in Florida’s private-sector creating almost a million jobs in less than five years; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida has cut taxes 50 times since 2011, and currently more than 80 percent of businesses no longer pay the business tax; and
WHEREAS, more than 3,200 burdensome regulations on families and job creators have been eliminated; and
WHEREAS, Florida supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local and state economies, and preserve our neighborhoods;
WHEREAS, Florida is on a mission to diversify our economy by supporting small businesses; and
WHEREAS, advocacy groups and public and private organizations across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday; and
WHEREAS, Floridians are asked to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes for all observing November 28, 2015, as Small Business Saturday.