It seems as though all of the shopping focus for the month of November centers on Black Friday, that one time of the year when stores extend their hours and provide deep discounts to shoppers. But often, lost in the shuffle of all the shopping madness, is the importance of small businesses. Black Friday deals mostly center on the big chain stores. While there’s nothing wrong with shopping at those places, supporting small, local businesses is very important as well. Small businesses are more likely to contribute to their respective local communities.
In 2010, American Express launched the first-ever Small Business Saturday. Each year, the initiative has made positive strides. For example, in 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small businesses in the one day. In 2015, it is estimated 95 million people went out to shop at small businesses.
Macomb County wants to be right where the action is. This year, as a way to encourage residents and visitors to shop the county’s independent retailers, Macomb County is making it easier than ever to support local businesses. The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development has created an online interactive resource for shoppers to find and connect with the more than 1,600 independently-owned retail stores located within the county.
This new resource is a mobile-friendly interactive map that displays local shops by 16 different categories, highlights the location of the retailers within a specific area and has a pop-up with additional information on individual shops. This new resource is available to shoppers on the award-winning Make Macomb Your Home website at www.MakeMacombYourHome.com/Shop.
And, in case you didn’t know, in Macomb County, the retail industry employs more than 42,500 workers and has a $2.29 billion annual economic impact. Wow. That’s something worth shopping for!
I had the privilege of attending the Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB) Ambassador Awards this week at the Westin Southfield. This awards dinner honors those who have made significant contributions toward building bridges between Michigan and Israel. At this event, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development was honored as an economic development partner.
Our department has had a longstanding relationship with MIBB. We have partnered on international trade missions to Israel as well as delegation visits with foreign companies and other dignitaries.
Our ties to Israel and MIBB are strengthened through the emergence of information technology and cybersecurity growth in Israel. Also, with the county’s position as a major leader in defense and homeland security, our communities are connecting on a number of economic development opportunities associated with the defense industry.
MIBB has provide our department with an engaging partner who has opened up the international market to our economic development opportunities in Macomb County. I want to thank MIBB for their continued partnership, and I look forward to many new opportunities to grow our respective economies.
John Paul Rea, AICP, is the director of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.
Are you or is someone you know looking for work? Just released data from our information partners at EMSI provide us with insight that can help you get on the right track to finding your next job or help you plan to achieve the skills needed to get one of these jobs.
Nurses, engineers and software developers all make the list of top jobs in demand in Macomb County. When looking at total job postings, most jobs are posted more than once. Posting intensity measures how many posts are made about each unique job, signaling the intensity of the desire of the employer to fill that position. Here are the hot jobs in Macomb County for September 2016.
Curious about which companies are hiring? Here are the companies with the most unique open positions in Macomb County in September.
Looking for a job close to home? Here are the communities in Macomb County that have the most job postings.
Resources are available for both the job seeker and the job provider. Those looking for work should check out the state’s website http://www.mitalent.org or reach out to their local Michigan Works! office. Employers looking for assistance can contact our department to find out more about employee training, financial assistance and other resources.
Nick Posavetz is a senior planner for Macomb County, often providing content for the Macomb Business and Make Macomb Your Home websites and associated social media accounts. If you have something you’d like to feature, reach out to him at email@example.com.