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How to Shop Small Business Saturday in Metro Detroit, Nov. 27

Holiday shopping season is in full swing. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or find perfect, thoughtful gifts for the people you care about most, a great place to start is a local small business. Small businesses are the cornerstones of our communities and offer unique, one-of-a-kind goods that stand out from other retailers.

In the spirit of supporting these special businesses, American Express created “Small Business Saturday” in 2010 to encourage shoppers to support local businesses during the holiday season. This year, it falls on Saturday, Nov. 27. There are a host of special activities and deals to explore across the region, and we’ve outlined a sampling to check out below.

Macomb County

Win-Win: Enter to win a $150 Gift Card Through Shop Local Macomb and Help Your Favorite Local Businesses Win Funding
There are nearly 1,600 independently owned and operated retailers in Macomb County. The Shop Local Macomb contest offers shoppers a chance to win one of ten $150 gift cards, donated by First State Bank, and the opportunity to help businesses receive a $1,000 grant. Customer-submitted photos highlighting businesses will automatically enter the respective business to win a grant. Winning shoppers and businesses will be announced on Monday, Dec. 6.

To find local Macomb County businesses to check out, use the interactive Shop Local Macomb map. You can even search the map by merchandise sold or location.

Learn more about the program and its supporters: First State BankMacomb County ChamberSterling Heights Regional ChamberAnchor Bay ChamberEastpointe-Roseville ChamberGreater Romeo Washington Chamber, and Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Oakland County

Each community and downtown area in the County are hosting deals and special activities for Small Business Saturday. Some highlights include:

Get in the Holiday Spirit While Shopping in Birmingham
There are several events going on for Small Business Saturday in Birmingham. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, a Santa Walk, and scavenger hunt during which you could win a $250 Birmingham Bucks gift card. Learn more and register.

Explore Shopping and more in “Frosty Ferndale”
In Ferndale this weekend, shoppers can celebrate Small Business Saturday and join Dale the Ferndalien in his quest for the perfect holiday gift. A city-wide scavenger hunt will run from noon to 5 p.m. followed by the Annual Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. The day will also feature live music, giveaways, and more. Learn more.

Win a $500 Shopping Spree in Downtown Rochester
To enter this local contest, make any purchase at a Downtown Rochester Business from Nov. 26-27 and save your receipt. Text, “SHOPSMALL” to 866-603-4005 and receive a confirmation text. Next, text a picture of your receipt from a purchase made at a Downtown Rochester Business from Nov. 26-27 to enter a drawing. A winner will be contacted on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Learn more.

Wayne County

Enter to Win Prizes When Shopping in Downtown Dearborn
Starting Saturday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 5, more than 30 Dearborn businesses will offer special in-store deals. To enter, shoppers can scan the Shop Small QR Code at each retailer’s point-of-sale and submit their contact information. Submit your check-ins by Sunday, Dec. 5 to qualify. Learn more.

#ShopSmallDetroit this Holiday Season with Detroit Means Business and The Spirit Card
Find small businesses in Detroit to shop, dine, and enjoy this holiday season and beyond, or submit your own to be featured on the Detroit Means Business (DMB) #ShopSmallDetroit website. DMB curated a list of local businesses that create jobs, support their community, and provide Detroiters with goods and services right in the city. Check out the businesses and their special offers. You can also buy The Spirit Card to support participating Detroit restaurants and retailers.

Decked Out Detroit’s Holiday Markets: Meet the Local Vendors
Located in Cadillac Square, the market is open every Wednesday through Sunday until Dec. 31. Get to know the 18 small business vendors and their gift recommendations, ranging from clothing to home decor, scents, and treats for you and your pets on the Let’s Detroit blog.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Wayne with Virtual Shop Tours and a Downtown Shopathon
The City of Wayne is offering a unique opportunity to support small businesses virtually through Facebook Live tours and features. To support in person, register to join a downtown Shopathon between Nov. 23-Dec. 16.