The state Department of Labor, and local municipalities are encouraging shoppers to head out to stores and shop local for Small Business Saturday.
A large portion of the small business here in our region are farming and food and beverage industries with an array of products made in our backyard.
The small business sector is a major contributor to the foundation of New York’s economy, accounting for 98 percent of all businesses in the state and employing nearly 40 percent of New York’s private sector workforce.
The state has more than 530,000 small business proprietors, employing more than 3 million people.
As we celebrate small business, Empire State Development wants to ensure people looking to start a small business know about resources available through the state.
Head to their website for more information on resources for minorities and women.