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      Genesee County Mayors endorse Small Business Saturday

      While shoppers will likely flock to big-box stores to hunt for deep discounts on Black Friday, local city leaders are encouraging them to save a little cash for the smaller retailers.

      The mayors of Flint and Fenton declared Saturday, Nov. 30 as Small Business Saturday. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling signed the proclamation and presented it to the owner of Eclections in Fenton.

      â??We're all spending so much money on these next few days, we want to make sure that our local small businesses are a part of everyone shopping and dining,â?? Walling said. â??These are the businesses that are putting our youth to work, that are contributing to cases in our community,â?? he added.

      Small business leaders say the money spent in their stores and restaurants go back into the community to hire people and to support local schools and other causes.

      Eclections owner, Nicole McCurdy, said, "Everything is done here without the community, so the money that's brought into the store then goes back into the community."

      Downtown shops and restaurants across Genesee County will be open Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday.