Governor Pat Quinn and Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett want Illinois residents to support small businesses on Saturday.
"The whole purpose of the program is of course to support local small businesses in our neighborhood they are the backbone of our community they often support so many of the local initiatives whether it’s a boys or girls club or giving high school students during the summer or after school they really are the backbone of our community," said Jarreet during a visit to a South Side store on Saturday.
Quinn released a press release Saturday morning announcing Small Business Saturday in Illinois to encourage shoppers to support more than 1.1 million small businesses. The White House announced Jarrett is back home in Chicago for the shopping holiday and plans to visit two stores on the city's South Side.
Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that marks a day to support the local business that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. It's sandwiched between two of the busiest shopping days of the year — Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.
Jarrett is scheduled to visit two South Side stores: Little Black Pearl: The Hidden Pearl on East 47th Street and Powell's Bookstore on East 57th Street, according to the White House.
There are about 28 million small businesses nationwide, reported the Associated Press citing information from U.S. Small Business Administration. Those businesses have created 65 percent of the new jobs over the past two decades.