The mayors of Flint and Fenton will be on hand in Fenton this afternoon to announce that Saturday, November 30th will be Small Business Saturday. A proclamation has already been signed by Walling in Flint making the upcoming Small Business Saturday a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for the communities.

"You can go shopping or dining at a local small business, tell others to be a part of the movement or share with your own network how you're supporting small businesses in your neighborhood," said Walling. "Anything you can do helps to give small businesses the support they need to keep creating jobs, powering the economy and invigorating communities," Walling continued, "and that's what makes the movement a success."

According to a news release from the City of Flint, there are more than 170,000 small businesses in Michigan that together constitute more than half of the private sector workforce across the state with a total of more than 1.7 million employees. Most of Michigan's small businesses depend on strong community support and are a vital resource for downtowns, neighborhoods and local commercial centers. Consumers show their continued support with each visit.

"Saturday (November 30th) is the day in which we officially recognize and encourage people to visit our local small businesses," said Osborn, "but in reality those businesses need our support year round."