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SBA Michigan to Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Pontiac

Advisory Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018
Advisory Number: 
Hodari Brown, 313-324-3629,
Federal Agency Encourages Shopping Small on Nov. 24

DETROIT—The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office will celebrate Small Business Saturday, November 24, in Pontiac and share the importance of shopping local this holiday season. Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday allows consumers to make a tremendous impact in their communities by supporting a local small business. Last year, an estimated 108 million nationwide consumers shopped small on Small Business Saturday.  

WHAT:    SBA’s Michigan District is joining T. Ramsey and Associates, Divine 26 and Consult Chris LLC. to support, stimulate and grow small business sales. Many Pontiac-based small businesses do not have storefronts, so the owners are coming together to bring a one-stop, pop-up shop for Small Business Saturday. SBA team members will highlight how the federal agency helps small businesses start, grow and expand, and how important shopping small is to the local economy.

WHEN:   1:00-5:00p.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018

WHERE:   91 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac, MI 48342

WHO:   Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Office, Michigan 14th Congressional District
                Hodari Brown, Public Affairs Specialist, SBA Michigan District Office
                Thomas McFadden, Lender Relations Specialist, SBA District Office
                Chrishelle Griffin, Owner, Consult Chris LLC
                Tameka Ramsey, Owner, T. Ramsey and Associates
                Davida Reed, Owner, Divine 26

WHY:    Since 2011, the SBA has been a formal cosponsor of Small Business Saturday, which was founded by American Express the year prior. SBA has marshalled a whole-of-government response including Members of the Cabinet visiting small businesses across the country, media interviews, and social media outreach. Small Business Saturday is a day to rally communities to support small businesses during the busy holiday shopping season and to help address small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers through their doors. Today there over 30 million small businesses and Michigan has 870,301 small businesses. This year marks the ninth annual celebration of Small Business Saturday. Last year, over 300,000 small businesses in Michigan participated in this campaign.  For more information on Small Business Saturday visit

Co-sponsorship Authorization # 18-2050-103. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.