ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – As part of her efforts to give back to small businesses, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is urging residents to shop local this Saturday, Nov. 27 in honor of Small Business Saturday.
“Especially after the difficult year and a half that they have had to endure, this holiday season is a great time to show our local small businesses how much they mean to our community,” said Manley. “I highly encourage residents to visit some of the many small businesses in our area this Saturday and show them your support.”
Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration in order to show appreciation to small businesses across the United States. Recognizing Small Business Saturday is just one way that Manley is supporting local businesses. In order to ensure that small businesses had the resources they need to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Manley worked this legislative session to secure them relief. She worked to create new Back to Business grants, which provide funds to businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. Manley also supported legislation allowing county and municipal officials to waive fees on businesses that have faced hardship due to the pandemic.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and provide immeasurable benefits to our community,” said Manley. “As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, I look forward to working with the business community to ensure that they have the resources they need to recover and thrive.”