Small Business Saturday sales on Nov. 27 will be more critical than ever this year for small-business owners, based on the health and economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the National Federation of Independent Business. According to the NFIB’s latest Jobs Report released this month, 49% of the organization’s membership reported having job openings they could not fill, despite the record high wages they were offering. Also this month, NFIB released the latest findings of its special COVID-19 polls, which showed that 62% of small-business owners said supply-chain disruptions are worse now than three months ago, and 90% expecting the problem to continue for the next five months or longer. Additionally, NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends report found the percentage of small-business owners expecting better business conditions fell four points to a net negative 37%. This indicator has declined 17 points over the past three months to its lowest level since November 2012. “Small Business Saturday is a great reminder of all that small business owners do for our state and local communities,” said Matt Everson, NFIB state director for Iowa. “The last year and a half have been devastating for many of our mom-and-pop shops. They’ve faced a multitude of challenges, from shutdowns to layoffs and trouble filling open positions and now supply chain issues.”