Small businesses are gearing up for a very special week.

Tonight, the Torrance City Council plans to proclaim the week of Nov. 26 through Dec. 3 “Small Business Week.” During this time, small businesses will be offering discounts on their goods and services. Many small businesses are located in the heart of downtown Torrance.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are currently 28.8 million small businesses in the United States. They are responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years.