Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting locally owned small businesses, as well as strengthening and celebrating communities across the country.  In 2016, 112 million shoppers showed their love for their favorite spots and spent a reported $15.4 billion at small businesses, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) and Mason Area Independent Business Alliance has announced their participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. From 10 a.m. until noon, Chamber volunteers will be stationed at the “Big Santa” and his “Letters to Santa Mailbox,” on the southwest corner of the Ingham County Courthouse Square. They will be there to take pictures on a family’s phone or camera and encourage local shopping.

“The first 300 people to come to the corner and get their photos taken will get free Santa hats, courtesy of sponsor Ware’s Pharmacy,” said Emily Fenger, MACC program assistant. Bestsellers Books and Coffee Co. is also sponsoring “Cocoa on the Corner,” providing hot chocolate to all who come by that morning during the event. 

The city of Mason and Ingham County are also partners in the event. Information on all Mason area events is available by emailing or calling (517) 676-1046.  For the most recent information, click on “Events” at the website. Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting

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