Mayor Rick Stopfer has issued a proclamation designating November 25, 2023, as Small Business Saturday in the city of Irving. In a statement, Mayor Stopfer highlighted the significance of supporting local businesses, emphasizing the critical role they play in the community.
According to the Mayor, Irving is home to approximately 8,880 businesses, with 86.9% of them having fewer than 20 employees. This makes the small business sector a vital contributor to the local economy.
Small Business Saturday, observed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, holds particular importance this year, falling on November 25. Mayor Stopfer urged residents to prioritize shopping locally, emphasizing the positive impact on Irving's small businesses.
Statistics indicate that for every $1 spent at an Irving small business, 67 cents remain within the local economy, aligning with the national average. Mayor Stopfer pointed out that spending tax dollars in town not only supports small businesses but also leads to reinvestment in the community.
The reinvestment, Mayor Stopfer explained, contributes to various community improvements, ranging from neighborhood enhancements to an overall improvement in the quality of life in Irving. He encouraged residents to celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local and giving back to the community.