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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 9, 2020 11:28 AM
From: Senator Thomas H. Killion
To: All Senate members
Subject: Promoting “Small Business Days” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I intend to introduce a resolution designating and promoting five Saturdays as “Small Business Days” in Pennsylvania. 
In the wake of the recent stay-at-home-order and business closure order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses in the Commonwealth need our support more than ever before.  In spite of their invaluable contributions to our state, many are facing dire financial circumstances as owners and employees attempt to regain their footing while reopening to the public.  It is imperative that we reach out to help them recuperate, so they do not shutter their doors forever. 
As you are likely aware, the last Saturday of November is already recognized as “Small Business Saturday” across the nation.  On this day, shoppers are encouraged to patronize small businesses in their communities and make a positive impact on their local economy.  It has been very successful over the past ten years.
With this resolution, I am proposing that, in addition to the aforementioned November 28, 2020 event, Pennsylvania designate a Saturday each month to promote shopping and dining at independent retailers and restaurants.  In coordination and with input from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA), and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), as well as the local business chambers of the 9th Senatorial District, I would like to designate July 25th, August 22nd, September 26th, October 24th and December 19th as “Small Business Days” throughout the Commonwealth during the remainder of 2020.  In addition, with this resolution, I would like to help continue to promote “Takeout Tuesdays” for our restaurants throughout the Commonwealth; and as supported by PRLA and also promoted nationally. Because the health and safety of our residents remains a main priority during this trying time, curbside and delivery services offer a comparative safe way to purchase food and support our small businesses.
While this may be a small step on the road to economic recovery, it will demonstrate our support and celebrate the tenacity of small businesses.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution.

Introduced as SR346