Press Sec. Jay Carney, White House urge holiday shoppers to support job-creating small businesses

This Black Friday, as Walmart stores are reporting record business despite union-backed protests, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is urging Americans to support small business by shopping locally tomorrow.

Carney’s tweet links to a post on the official White House blog, which praises small businesses for their ability to create jobs.

Small businesses are the back bone of our communities. And when we shop small, we not only get great products and services, but we support our neighbors and strengthen our local economies.

Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S., and today over half of all working Americans own or work for a small business.

By shopping small, we can help America’s small businesses do what they do best: grow their businesses, create good jobs, and ensure that our communities are vibrant.

Many on Twitter had one additional suggestion that would help small businesses to thrive.

The Small Business Saturday program was started in 2010 by American Express.

  • Conrad2010

    And why doesn’t Obama do the same?

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    That’s cute; maybe they can get rid of the punishing taxes on small businesses?

    Don’t most small businesses make or pass $250,000(which is the number Dems like to throw around when talking about raising taxes)?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Burch/100000210583385 Jerry Burch

      No. only 2% of small businesses earn over 250K. And many of those are things like hedge funds that don’t employ many people but make big bucks.

      • TomJB

        Well there’s another incapable of critical independent thought fully willing to regurgitate the campaign talking lies.

        The businesses themselves are saying what they soon have to do to survive and they aren’t hedge funds. If expenses are greater than revenues they cut staff until they can’t and close altogether. But keep telling yourself it’s just the evil rich. It couldn’t possibly ever effect you

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

          The Daily Kos loves spreading this false narrative. I expect Jerry is merely parroting back their talking points.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        You are citing statistics for incorporated businesses. Most sole proprietorship businesses, like my mother’s, include their business income with their personal tax returns.

      • TocksNedlog

        What an absolute and total effing lie!

      • Shawn Smith

        I personally know someone who owns a carpet cleaning business. When he saw the election results, he fully expected he was going to have to shut down because of Obamacare. Would you care to explain to him why he’s completely wrong and you know his business much better than he does?

      • lainer51

        so what? Beats “mooching” off the taxpayers.

      • lainer51

        so what? Beats “mooching” off the taxpayers.

      • GaryTheBrave

        Most retail businesses generate more than $250,000/yr in gross revenue but make less than 5% in net profits. I knew some entrepreneurs in the 80’s that wouldn’t look at a business unless it could show gross sales of $250-500K. It wasn’t worth opening the doors for less.

        It is very difficult to start a business of any kind for less than that amount. Even low-cost startup franchises have fees over $100K. Equipment, building, utilities, and inventory add even more.

        About ten years ago I had an opportunity to ask a VP of a major truck stop chain, Petro, how much it cost to build a location before they opened the doors. He said it was about $7,000,000 before generating the first dollar.

        So, yeah, you didn’t come across as very knowledgable about business when you made your comment.

      • The_Original

        Seriously, Jerry . . . you do not have any idea what you are talking about. I doubt you know anything about business.

    • Elaine

      Holiday shoppers have been BEGGING Obama to support small business to no avail. Now he wants us to support them so what.. he can take all the profits from them in the form of new taxes?

  • Lisa

    IRONY!

  • dennylee60

    Small business will need the money to pay for higher taxes and Obamacare.

  • LightSabre

    Obama has and is doing everything in his power to kill small businesses, but sends one of his lying liars out to SAY the opposite. And the news media, except for FOX News, will not call Carney out on his hypocrisy. Is it 1984?

  • stuckinIL4now

    CarneyClown really was supposed to say: Yes, you all go out and support small businesses cuz da’ Obamuh SADministration sure as heck don’t.

    • lainer51

      LOL!

    • lainer51

      LOL!

  • TocksNedlog

    Will Carney repeat this call on Cyber Monday to deter people from ordering anything from Amazon?

  • TocksNedlog

    Gee, I wonder if Carney is promoting small business so that increased sales will force more small businesses to raise their staffing to 50+; which, in turn, will put them under the unbrella of ObamaCare . . .

  • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

    Does he mean the small businesses that are closing up because of the dying American economy?

    He should just stick to helping his boss cover up the murders of four people.

  • ember

    WH “Support small businesses, ’cause we won’t.”

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I think Carney was urging support for them because they will likely not be around after next year.

  • http://www.pointsofcompass.blogspot.com joated

    Maybe the WH could get rid of some of the czars and their stiffling red tape and regulations; find someone who knows what a small bussiness really is from the inside; reduce the absurd taxes that affect the small business community including the inheritance taxes that make it virtually impossible to pass a family business on to the family without a huge hit.

  • Joseph Phillips

    “Backbone of our communities…” As in “communities” not country… As in “community” organizer… As is in “aw, look at the small business owners trying to make a living. How cute.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    see, that is the problem when you cut so many small bissinesses that your stupidly big work requirements only can be done by big corporations.

  • lainer51

    I am a HUGE supporter of small businesses but when that weasel Carney starts “suggesting” I do something, I do just the opposite, so he can just STHU!!

  • lainer51

    I am a HUGE supporter of small businesses but when that weasel Carney starts “suggesting” I do something, I do just the opposite, so he can just STHU!!

  • http://twitter.com/mooseship Den Wilson

    Dont tell us where to shop freak

  • digitalPimple

    I would, but seriously half of them have closed over the past 2-3 years. Tons of vacant “for Lease” store fronts everywhere. Every area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.burton.737 Hal Burton

    Knowing that he’s already killed small business via the IRS, this remark is designed to hurt Walmart. There is not a single business this president is sparing from attack.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.burton.737 Hal Burton

    Knowing that he’s already killed small business via the IRS, this remark is designed to hurt Walmart. There is not a single business this president is sparing from attack.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Would a “small business” clock in at above or below a certain 50-employee threshold?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Would a “small business” clock in at above or below a certain 50-employee threshold?

  • The_Original

    Makes me laugh since I am one of those small business people BO has decided needs to be punished.