We all like the big Black Friday discounts and the ease of internet shopping, but don't forget to give local businesses a shot at fulfilling your Christmas shopping needs!   They offer a lot, including personal service and expertise, and they're right here to stand behind their products.  And most importantly, they literally are the backbone of our community---any community.

What is Small Business Saturday?   Kara Beer of the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce was a guest on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show this week.

"Shop Small is a nationwide movement that celebrates small businesses every day and helps communities thrive and stay vibrant. Small Business Saturday® -- a special day when we can show support as a nation for small business owners and communities – helps fuel the Shop Small Movement and is the cornerstone of American Express’ Shop Small efforts. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and U.S. consumers have reported spending an estimated $85 Billion+* at independent retailers and restaurants over these eight days alone. In 2018, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 24."

Here's a list from the Chamber of Commerce of some area businesses participating:

  1. Massage Green Spa
  2. Burtrum Furs and Leathers
  3. Grassroots Family Chiropractic
  4. Charitable Union
  5. Fitness Pros
  6. Ferrari’s on Main Street
  7. 3 Huskies Outdoor Services
  8. Ermisch Travel
  9. In His Steps Dance Studio
  10. Scene Magazine
  11. Columbia Auto
  12. Biggby Coffee, Battle Creek – E. Michigan Ave.
  13. Cavonis Battle Creek
  14. GE Stamp Works
  15. Allen Harmon Insurance
  16. Prebish Chiropractic Centre
  17. Urbandale Hardware
  18. Don’s Restaurant
  19. LynnIvan Salon
  20. Garden + Grace Collection
  21. Totally Memories
  22. NeuWeb Marketing
  23. Magical Vacation Planner
  24. Battleground Skate House
  25. Phase One Barbershop
  26. Dream Vacations
  27. Troxel Realty Company
  28. Insurance Network Agency
  29. Keller Williams Realty
  30. Thywheelsbedone Transportation
  31. Sunshine Toyota
  32. Simply Sensational Berries
  33. Balloon Rides Over Battle Creek, MI
  34. Sweets n’ Meats
  35. Griffin Grill & Pub
  36. Goodwill Industries – Both Retail Locations
  37. Perfect Storm Comics and Games
  38. Cereal City Tattoo & Piercing
  39. Mike’s Team Active
  40. Rice’s Shoe Store
  41. Neuropower Solutions
  42. Freedom Firearms
  43. The Fire Hub
  44. Continental Pastries & Deli
  45. Captain Luey’s Calabash Seafood
  46. Torti Taco
  47. Salvation Army – Retail location
  48. Café Rica
  49. Urbandale-Smitty’s Sport Shop
  50. Uncle Jake’s Fly Shop
  51. The Blingy B
  52. Shwe Mandalay Burmese Cuisine
  53. R & R Salon
  54. Plumeria
  55. Elis Doches @ Horrock’s Family Market
  56. Lakeside Florist
  57. Advanced Pest Solutions