SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Good news for small business owners: the number of consumerswilling to go out of their way to shop at small businesses, even ifit costs more, has increased in the last year, according to surveyresults released today by The UPSStore ®. Small businesses are not only viewed as important and valued bytheir owners, but also are increasingly valued by their communitiesfor their impact on the economy. The survey indicated that 89percent of consumers said doing business with small businesses intheir communities is important and 90 percent of all respondentsagree that small businesses are important to the U.S. economy.America's small businesses create two out of every three new jobsin the U.S. each year, and are responsible for more than 55 percentof all jobs in the U.S.* A noteworthy survey finding was that consumers are increasinglywilling to spend more and go out of their way to shop at or use theservices of a small business. Specifically:
- The number of people who paid more for a product or service inorder to support a small business over a large corporationincreased by 41 percent from 2013 to 2014.
- The number of people who traveled out of their way to support asmall business over a large corporation increased by 36 percentfrom 2013 to 2014.
About The UPS StoreWith more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprisesthe nation's largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal,print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in theU.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchiseesof The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). Services,pricing and hours of operation may vary by location. For additionalinformation on The UPS Store , includinginformation on franchise opportunities for opening a The UPS Storelocation, visit www.theupsstore.com. Follow The UPS Store on Twitter at @TheUPSStore and like TheUPS Store on Facebook at facebook.com/theupsstore. Survey Methodology The results of the survey are based on an online surveyconducted April 4-8, 2014 by The UPS Store, Inc., franchisor of TheUPS Store network, with general consumers age 18+ and smallbusiness owners. The online study was conducted with 1,344 generalconsumers and 356 small business owners. Margin of error isestimated between 2% and 3%, based on sample size (1700 generalconsumers) and the general population of the U.S. (313.9million)" *Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-trends # # #
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