DETROIT (WWJ) – Mom and pop shops across the country are hoping to cash in on the holiday shopping season in what’s being touted as Small Business Saturday.
Michigan’s largest city is among those primed to participate in Small Business Saturday. Some of Detroit’s key activities to support the day will be held in Midtown, New Center, the downtown business district and Eastern Market.
Free shuttles will be available to transport shoppers to different Detroit neighborhoods from the Inside Detroit Welcome Center. Discounted parking will be available in some areas.
As well, many other sites around Michigan and the nation are holding Small Business Saturday events. The nationwide event is held the day after Black Friday. It’s promoted as a day to support and shop at small businesses.
Spokesperson Scott Hauge says these merchants are often the movers and shakers of the economy.
“The money stays in the community, and that’s what is really important, that it circulates, that it doesn’t go outside, small businesses also define a lot of the fabric of the neighborhood by their presence,” said Hauge.
Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles adds that small businesses also help to sustain local municipalities.
The money stays in the community and that’s what’s important.