Whitmer declares Nov. 27 Small Business Saturday

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FILE—Gov. Whitmer has declared Nov. 27 as Small Business Saturday.

FILE—Gov. Whitmer has declared Nov. 27 as Small Business Saturday.

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In the midst of big store chains offering sales after Thanksgiving, Michigan’s governor is urging residents not to forget about local businesses.

In an effort to support Michigan businesses, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared Nov. 27 as Small Business Saturday.

“Small businesses are the backbones of our communities, and we want to remind Michiganders that supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs creates jobs, leads to more vibrant communities, and builds a stronger economy for everyone,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Our small businesses demonstrated incredible resiliency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we should celebrate them and their invaluable contributions to our state by shopping local this holiday season.”

Small businesses make up more than 98% of Michigan businesses while employing half of Michigan workers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. For every $100 spent at a local business, approximately $68 stays in the local economy.

“While every day is a good day to shop small and buy nearby, we hope Michiganders will make a concentrated effort this Saturday and throughout the holiday season to shop at local retailers and businesses,” said William J. Hallan, president and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association, in a statement.

If one in 10 out-of-state purchases were made at local stores, Michigan would gain $1.9 billion in increased economic activity, creating 14,000 new jobs, according to the Michigan Retailers Association.