Mayor Hancock Joins Mayors Across the Country to Rally Communities in Support of Local Small Business
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the City and County of Denver’s support and participation in the third annual Small Business Saturday. Falling between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.
In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Denver on Saturday, Nov. 24 Mayor Hancock is:
“Small business is big business in Denver with our small businesses comprising 80 percent of our total businesses here in the city,” Mayor Hancock said. “Harboring a strong entrepreneurial spirit here in Denver, it is no wonder this sector provides the greatest opportunity for job creation today. That is exactly why we are laser focused on helping our small businesses thrive and that is exactly why we are proud to declare Nov. 24 Small Business Saturday in the Mile High City.”
- Issuing a Small Business Saturday Proclamation and list Denver on the Small Business Saturday Facebook Page (approaching 3 Million followers).
- Inviting residents of Denver to Shop Small with him and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough beginning at 11 a.m. at EVOO Marketplace located at 1338 15th St.
- Joining the city’s “Parking Angels” to give away free parking vouchers in Downtown Denver as an incentive for shoppers to patronize Denver’s shopping centers and businesses this holiday season. The “Parking Angels” will be giving the gift of free parking at random citywide through Dec. 31.
The Hancock Administration and the Office of Economic Development are working hard to help Denver’s local small businesses succeed. Small business advocacy is a key element of OED’s JumpStart 2012 strategic plan because we know what a critical role they play in creating job opportunities and a stronger economy. What’s more, the city is focused on providing small businesses with access to capital, labor and markets – three essential ingredients for a small business – throughout the year.
In July, Mayor Hancock launched “Peak Enterprise,” a business toolkit to help small businesses and local companies compete and succeed in Denver. Originally outlined in the JumpStart 2012 economic development plan, this new toolkit will:
- Bring more venture capital and investment to Denver’s innovators and entrepreneurs;
- Provide a matrix that identifies over 100 lenders and investors that have provided capital to Denver businesses during the past five years;
- Open a multimillion dollar fund with micro- and traditional lenders to support local business and community development;
- Offer an A-to-Z guide to help businesses navigate city paperwork and approvals;
- Enhance workforce development opportunities for our city’s small businesses; and
- Improve customer service at our Business Assistance Center.
American Express, founding partner of Small Business Saturday, created the national program in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Similar to last year, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan small business advocate and operational arm of the Small Business Saturday Coalition, is rallying mayors across the country to show their support and encourage their local communities to “shop small” on November 24, 2012.
“Last year, elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C. championed Small Business as millions shopped small on the day,” said Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. “This year, we are urging Mayors everywhere to get their communities excited about shopping at their local small businesses during this holiday season.”
Denver’s small businesses will be offered toolkits and other resources to participate in Small Business Saturday by WIPP, on behalf of the Small Business Saturday Coalition. Additional information about Small Business Saturday is available at: www.ShopSmall.com.