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Audio file of Radio Address.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and encourage Wisconsinites to take part in “Shop Small Wisconsin,” a season-long opportunity to shop local and support main street businesses throughout the holiday season.

Hey folks, Governor Tony Evers here.

I wanted to take a moment today to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. After these last two years we’ve faced together, we are more thankful than ever to be able to spend time with our loved ones and to celebrate safely.

We are also incredibly grateful for the grit and resilience of our neighbors and our communities—especially our small businesses and Main Streets—who helped us get through these tough times.

So, this weekend, on Saturday, November 27th, we’re kicking off “Shop Small Wisconsin”—a season-long opportunity to remind Wisconsinites to shop local and support our main street businesses throughout this holiday season.

Our small businesses have been hit especially hard during this pandemic, and we’ve been working to provide support to tens of thousands of small businesses across our state.

This year, more than 1,000 businesses have opened new shops and offices with the help from our Main Street Bounceback grants—and that means there are even more great places we can support! 

With your help this holiday season, together we can make sure to support our small businesses and our Main Streets to help make sure they bounce back even better than before this pandemic hit.

No matter where you call home, you’re sure to find something unique for your loved ones and friends, and maybe something for yourself, too! 

And helping our neighbors is what being a Wisconsinite is all about, folks. 

So, kick off the holiday season this weekend by shopping small and supporting your local Wisconsin small businesses. 

And to all those gathering today and into this weekend, Kathy and I wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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