WIPP Joins NYC SBS to Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell in Honor of Small Business Saturday
Friday, November 25, 2016
For Immediate Release: Nov. 25, 2016
WIPP Joins NYC Small Business Services to Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell in Honor of Small Business Saturday
Women Impacting Public Policy joined NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop as he rang the NASDAQ opening bell, and received proclamation from Mayor de Blasio on behalf of Small Business Saturday Coalition
Nov. 25, 2016, New York—As the busiest shopping season of the year kicks off, today Women Impacting Public Policy joined the New York City Department of Small Business Services to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in honor of Small Business Saturday, and received a proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio on behalf of the Small Business Saturday Coalition declaring Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday in New York City.
WIPP President Jane Campbell joined Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, to kick off trading.
“It was an honor to join Commissioner Bishop and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and celebrate Small Business Saturday and the Coalition,” Campbell said. “The majority of women business owners are small businesses. Women business owners are one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and small businesses create two-thirds of our nation’s net new jobs, so it makes sense to highlight these vitally important constituencies. We hope shoppers make an effort to shop small this weekend, because when small business is strong, our economy is strong.”
WIPP, along with American Express and partners, founded the Small Business Saturday Coalition to help engage communities across the country for Small Business Saturday. Every year, WIPP works with hundreds of organizations and thousands of small businesses across the country to promote Small Business Saturday in their communities.
"New York City is home to over 220,000 small businesses that enrich our economy, create job opportunities, and are trendsetters for small businesses across the country," said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS). "Small Business Saturday is an important occasion for us to recognize the lasting contributions small businesses make to drive our city’s growth, uplift our residents, and transform our neighborhoods."
Women-owned firms make up a third of all businesses in the country, generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenues and employ 8.4 million people. More importantly, they're growing faster in number and employment than most other companies. The American Express 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that between 1997 and 2015, when the number of businesses in the country increased by 51 percent, the number of women-owned firms increased by 74 percent.
“Women and small businesses are doing their part to power the American economy,” Campbell said. “We hope this holiday season Americans return the favor by spending their holiday cash at these businesses. We encourage everyone to get out there and Shop Small!”
The Voice for Women in Business in our Nation's Capital, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women business owners in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. In 2016, WIPP partnered with the National Development Council (NDC) to provide support for WIPP’s coalition activities. In her role as Director of the NDC Washington office, Jane Campbell also serves as President of WIPP. www.WIPP.org
About Small Business Saturday
November 26th is the seventh annual Small Business Saturday. Dedicated to supporting local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers. Learn more and follow us on ShopSmall.com, instagram.com/shopsmall, facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday, twitter.com/shopsmall.