CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s Small Business Saturday, and Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging New Hampshire residents to shop at local stores this holiday season.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative of the United States Small Business Administration to celebrate and support small businesses.

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Hassan says New Hampshire’s small businesses drive the state’s economy forward, creating good jobs and strengthening communities. She said by recognizing Small Business Saturday, people can help support those local businesses that contribute so much to the community.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration says there are currently 28 million small businesses in the United States, which represent more than 99 percent of American companies, create two-thirds of the net new jobs, and generate half of the private gross domestic product.

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