(FLINT, MICH. – November 21) From fudge to flowers to fashion, Flint & Genesee shoppers will have a wide range of local small businesses to bolster on Small Business Saturday, November 29.  The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce encourages support of the region’s small businesses as part of the kick off to the holiday shopping season.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber says the majority of the Chamber’s over 1,200 members and affiliates are small businesses that have an ever increasing impact on the economic strength of the region.

“Small Business Saturday is all about supporting local businesses,” said Herman.  “This is the time of year when everyone is in search of special gifts for family and friends.  That’s why it is important to visit local small businesses to see what they have to offer.  There are hundreds of small businesses in the region with the products to meet your shopping needs.  I hope local shoppers from Flint to Fenton and beyond will come out next Saturday and find new businesses to support.”

In its fifth year, Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  According to the third-annual Small Business Saturday survey, recently released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, 78 percent of those surveyed said they planned to spend more time shopping at small independently owned businesses this year.

To find businesses in the area look for the member directory and the Made in Flint & Genesee link at flintandgenesee.org.  For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/?extlink=SBS2014_Search_Consumer.