By Colin McEwen, City of Lakewood Public Information Officer

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, November 26, exists to encourage all Americans to “Shop Small.” Small businesses generate two of every three net new jobs and deliver essential goods and services to America’s communities 365 days a year.

Small Business Saturday

Last year, Small Business Saturday packed a big punch to the U.S. economy: 95 million consumers shopped small and spent $16.2 billion. As the voice for our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates the 28 million small businesses that ignite our local economies and enrich our communities throughout the year. During the holiday season, SBA puts special emphasis on their impact with Small Business Saturday.

This year the SBA Cleveland District Office, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, and Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers will take to the streets to kick off the celebration.

During the past several years, Lakewood has experienced a surge in development activity, particularly with the growth of small businesses. That’s thanks in no small part to an active and engaged business community that has been a part of Lakewood since the city’s beginning.

“Our local economy benefits greatly from the hundreds of small businesses that enhance Lakewood and keep our community one of the most attractive places to live in Ohio,” said Mayor Michael Summers. “They are key to Lakewood’s quality of life, creating jobs, investing in our 100-year-old buildings, and providing essential goods and services.”

WHEN: Monday, November 21, 11 a.m. press conference with walking tour of Detroit Avenue directly thereafter

WHERE: Press Conference –Lakewood Center North Plaza, 14600 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, with street tour immediately following (Inclement weather location – Geiger’s Sporting Goods, 14710 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107)