CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging West Virginia residents to keep local businesses in mind as they shop for the holidays.
Tomblin is asking shoppers to take part in the nationwide "Small Business Saturday," which is intended to boost sales at local businesses.
The governor says local merchants provide jobs and play a vital role in state and local economies.
According to the West Virginia Development Office, small businesses represent 96 percent of all employers in the state.
The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1cdHryL ) reports that they employ more than 53 percent of the state's private-sector labor force.
Information from: The State Journal, http://www.statejournal.com