Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank 
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses across the country.
Small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities nationwide. Making certain that small businesses thrive is a goal we support through many of our efforts here at the Commerce Department: from the Small Business Innovation Research  awards, to tools that help small businesses protect  their intellectual property, to informative sites that help small businesses export  or access the broad array of all federal government tools .
Over the last two decades, small businesses and startups have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S. Today, over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business. It’s clear that when small businesses succeed, so do our communities.
I want to encourage you to shop at your local small businesses when you can. Check out the participating businesses at www.shopsmall.com .
Whether you live in a big city or a rural area… from coast to coast… Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support your local businesses and your communities. Happy shopping!