NFIB: Occupy a small business

Forget Wall Street.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses wants people to Occupy Small Businesses.

“There’s only one way out of this recession, and that’s when small businesses – not big corporations – start ringing up sales. Period,” said Tony Gagliardi, executive director of NFIB in Colorado.

He is calling on Coloradans to reserve Saturday for visiting small businesses for holiday gifts.

In its latest Small Business Profiles for States and Territories, the U.s. Small Business Administration says small businesses employers make up 98 percent of all employers in the state and provide half of private sector jobs.

And the NFIB says the number one problem plaguing these economic engines is poor sales, followed by government regulations and taxes.

“Small Business Saturday is about Main Street, not Wall Street,” said Dan Danner, president and CEO of the NFIB. “It is about entrepreneurs and families selling things that the chains and e-commerce companies aren’t. Only small business can offer truly unique gifts and the most genuinely friendly customer service.”

“I just want people to occupy a small business on Saturday long enough to make a purchase, so that others may occupy a small business,” said Gagliardi.