60 Percent Of Long Island Jobs Are In Small Business, Chambers Say

MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — As we approach the all-important holiday shopping season, a big push has been launched on Long Island to get residents to spend money near home.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported, the Long Island business community emphasized the importance of shopping locally.

“It keeps the funds in the community and it builds up the community, that’s the reason,” said Angela Powers of New Hyde Park. “And you get to know your neighbors besides.”

The chambers of commerce in Nassau County gathered in downtown Merrick this week to urge shoppers to spend near and at home.

“And keeping the money locally is a very good thing, it makes a community whole,” Powers said.

The chamber leaders noted that 60 percent of the jobs on Long Island are in small business.

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