BUFFALO – With the start of the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Mayor Byron Brown and city-wide retailers gathered today at The Golden Cup on Jefferson Avenue to encourage people to shop local this holiday season and support small businesses in Buffalo on Saturday, November 28, 2015, a day labeled as ‘Small Business Saturday’.
Hoping to drive business to stores and restaurants in Buffalo, the city will suspend parking meter enforcement on Friday, November 27th, making parking free at all its metered spaces on “Black Friday”, as well as on December 23, 24 and 31. (Regular parking rates will apply in public parking garages and private lots. The city will still enforce parking restrictions in loading zones and disabled-only parking spaces.)
Mayor Brown stated, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and usually owned by people who have a vested interest in the community, in its schools, in the quality of life. Please show your support this holiday season for small business owners, among the most generous supporters of civic groups, local charities and youth sports in Buffalo.”
American Express (AmEx) coordinates the annual Small Business Saturday campaign nationwide, which is aimed at helping independent small businesses compete with big-box stores and chains on the Saturday in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. AmEx provides small businesses with various tools and support to get the message out to consumers to “shop small.”
Small business owners from city-wide shopping districts joined Mayor Brown at today’s news conference.