SBA Michigan to Promote Small Business Saturday During Marlette Walking Tour

Team to encourage local small business support and provide owners with tips to boost holiday sales
Release Date: 
Monday, November 25, 2019
Release Number: 
Hodari Brown, (313) 324-3629,

MARLETTE – Michigan District team members from the U.S. Small Business Administration will visit Marlette, Mich. on Tuesday, November 26, to promote Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 30 this year, and the importance of shopping local this holiday season.

WHAT:    Small business walking tour highlighting Marlette entrepreneurs, job creators and community supporters, as well as strategies for taking advantage of Small Business Saturday and kicking off a strong holiday shopping season.

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:00 p.m. Kick-Off

WHERE:   Marlette City Hall, 6436 Morris Street, Marlette, MI 48453 and visits with Marlette area small businesses, including:

  • Home Again Antiques, Terry Magraw
  • Maggie and Reds, Meg Guzman
  • Amy's Country Corner, Amy King
  • Gracie's Attic, Joan Zeigler
  • Ben's Supercenter, Melissa Zyrowski
  • Ben's Great Outdoors, Michael Putze
  • Ayre Street Graphics, Lizzetta Sanchez
  • Harvest Moon Gatherings, Tammy Dobbelaere
  • Creative Expressions, Lisa D'Arcy


WHO:    Catherine Gase, Lead Economic Development Specialist, SBA Michigan District Office

Kendra Jickling, President, Marlette DDA

Sara Redman, President, Marlette Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Kady, Treasurer/Secretary, Marlette Chamber of Commerce

Janis Mueller, Regional Director I-69 Trade Corridor region, Michigan Small Business Development Center

Lisa Kenny, Project Rising Tide, Marlette Rising

Ryan Rudzis, City Manager, City of Marlette

WHY:       More than 870,000 businesses in Michigan are small and they are the engine of our state’s economy. Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to impact their local economies by supporting a small business and acknowledge those who create two of every three jobs, deliver essential goods and services across the nation 365 days a year, and enrich our communities. Last year, more than 100 million nationwide consumers shopped small on Small Business Saturday. For more information, visit




About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


Co-sponsorship Authorization # #19-2050-93. 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.