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December 7, 2009
Chapman Encourages Consumers to Shop Locally

MONTGOMERY, AL - Secretary of State Beth Chapman is encouraging all Alabamians to shop with local businesses during this holiday season. 


With about two weeks remaining until Christmas, research predicts a nationwide downturn in the amount each family will spend on gifts this holiday season.  According to the American Research Group, shoppers plan to spend on average only $417 this year, which is the lowest spending level since 1990.


“As Alabamians, we need to support Alabama businesses to ensure that our money stays at home,” Chapman said.  “In these tough economic times, we need to do the most we can to make sure our local businesses are successful.  The more successful these businesses are now, the stronger our communities are in the future.”


There are nearly 425,000 active corporations in Alabama.  Each of them is required to file information with the Office of the Secretary of State in order to conduct business in the state.  To search for registered companies, visit our website at



For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: