Happy Small Business Saturday! It's no secret I don't like Black Friday, calling it Buy Nothing Day instead, but I do support the idea of making the economy more local and sustainable, so I like Small Business Saturday. So does the Obama Administration, as Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, states in Wall Street Journal's After Black Friday, Go Small on 'Small Business Saturday.'
Small Business Saturday, nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, puts the spotlight on the nation's 28 million shops along Main Street. Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration explains the vital role small businesses play in local communities and how companies like Uber and American Express are providing incentives for consumers to shop small.I hope Trump finds someone at least half as competent to take her position. As competent? Sorry, I'm too realistic.
Since today is about local small businesses, this entry wouldn't be complete without some local examples. Follow over the jump to watch WXYZ's videos promoting small businesses in Wyandotte, a community I use as an example of a walkable neighborhood in my classes.*
WXYZ began today's promotional coverage at The Mitten Pub with Small Business Saturday.
Not only is The Mitten Pub a local business, it features Michigan beers on tap. That's exactly the kind of support for a local economy I like to see.
Next, Holiday Shopping in downtown Wyandotte features gift items of a geological nature.
Copper and quartz with the outline of the state of Michigan -- I can't resist.
The series of location spots concludes with Eateries offering discounts for Small Business Saturday.
Not only is this a local business, it specializes in Mediterranean (Greek and Middle Eastern) food, an important part of Metro Detroit's culinary culture. That's very much a local angle.
For stores and restaurants in Metro Detroit outside of Wyandotte also taking part in Small Business Saturday, both the Detroit Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business list the businesses and promotions they offer, as well as their locations. Happy shopping and dining!
That's it for today. Stay tuned for Entertainment Sunday, which will be about the People's Choice Awards nominees. Sorry, no vote this week.
*I also use two other communities mentioned as participating in Small Business Saturday, Ferndale and Rochester, as examples of walkable communities. That they all also are collections of local businesses is another selling point in favor of them and of the business districts of walkable communities.