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The DEGC is working with business owners, neighborhood business associations and citywide partners to help make Detroit’s Small Business Saturday even bigger and better. Commercial corridors throughout the City will be hosting family-friendly events encouraging shoppers to start their holiday buying with Detroit’s small businesses and restaurants.

Small Business Saturday began nationally in 2010 to encourage customers to shop locally rather than at malls and big-box stores. Since then, Small Business Saturday has taken its place between Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the holidays’ most important shopping days. The Shop Small movement has gained momentum in Detroit year-round.

“Those of us who live, work and play in the City also need to buy in the City,” said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO, DEGC. “Detroit’s small businesses provide jobs, stabilize communities and energize neighborhoods. They also offer the most unique products and services in the region. It’s where I’ll do my Christmas shopping.”

DEGC’s entire Small Business Team is working with retailers and restaurants throughout the city to ensure every commercial corridor is brimming with shopping opportunities and family-oriented festivities throughout the holiday season – not just on Nov. 30. DEGC’s District Business Liaisons are partnering with small business service organizations like Tech Town, Grand Innovation, Build Institute, the Detroit Experience Factory, and ProsperUs to raise awareness of Small Business Saturday, and help business owners maximize the opportunity.

The Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood is holding its fifth “Shop Small in GRANDmont Rosedale” event, which features food trucks, vendors and unique products – many of which are locally made and sourced, including festive food items. Similar activities are happening in every district, including Southwest, where District 6 businesses are hosting a holiday shopping raffle.

DEGC has added a link on its website to post all of the Small Business Saturday-related information. Click here for information on all activities and events, a complete list of participating businesses and specific retailer offerings.