Provided by 100th District Representative, Matt Lesser.
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. And for Middletown that means free parking downtown.
The annual event falls between the traditional Black Friday shopping frenzy that occurs the day after Thanksgiving and before Cyber Monday when Internet shopping sees a boost in activity with online deals.
Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday has become a major economic driver for smaller companies around the country. Last year's Small Business Saturday saw record participation from consumers and businesses with 112 million shoppers and diners taking part -- a 13 percent increase over 2015.
The program was created in 2011 to help Connecticut companies with fewer than 100 employees hire more employees and fund capital investments with low-interest loans and matching grants with more than 1,690 participating companies and more applicants being considered.
If you have a small business or you’re considering owning one, then check out Connecticut’s Small Business Express. Learn more about small business growth in Connecticut here: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/small-business-2017
Small Business Saturday also was created to foster economic growth by helping to focus shoppers’ attention on the locally owned, small businesses in our communities.
These businesses make up the backbone of our economy. By supporting local, independently-owned small businesses, we’re helping to create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.