LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared Saturday, November 27 as “Small Business Saturday” in Michigan. The day is acknowledged each year nationally in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and urges people to buy holiday presents locally and support small businesses. 

In a press release, Gov. Whitmer said, “Small businesses are the backbones of our communities, and we want to remind Michiganders that supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs creates jobs, leads to more vibrant communities, and builds a stronger economy for everyone.”

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“Our small businesses demonstrated incredible resiliency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we should celebrate them and their invaluable contributions to our state by shopping local this holiday season,” said Whitmer.

Her statements come after a year-and-a-half of executive orders targeting small businesses, restaurants, and bars to reduce capacity sizes to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In November 2020, Whitmer issued a three week “pause to save lives” which hit bars and restaurants during their busiest time of the year. Whitmer’s restrictions continued to stifle those businesses until July 2021.

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Scott Ellis, the executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) said 3,000 Michigan restaurants permanently closed in 2020.