Shop downtown Mt. Pleasant Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday. Launched in 2010, this annual event encourages people across the country to celebrate and support small, neighborhood businesses and all they do for their communities.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 866,000 small businesses in operation across Michigan, and in recent years, nearly 50 percent of employees throughout the state were working for a small business. Furthermore, shopping locally ensures that sales taxes are reinvested back into the local economy.

“Spending your dollars locally fosters the growth of existing and new businesses. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support the community we love,” said Melinda Salchert, special event coordinator for the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Small Business Saturday freebies will be available to those who shop early! For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit the Facebook event page.

Looking for more reasons to shop locally? Read more here!

FLOOD RECOVERY UPDATE: Disaster assistance and loans available for residents and businesses

A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Isabella County to help residents and businesses through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Isabella County Disaster Recovery Center:
4855 E. Bluegrass Road
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Residents must register with FEMA before being considered for assistance or a loan.

Register online at or call 800-621-3362.

Residents and those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register for assistance. People who are hearing impaired can call 800-462-7585.

It is recommended that residents register before visiting the recovery center.

To learn more about individual disaster assistance from FEMA, click here.

To learn more about SBA’s low-interest disaster loans offered to homeowners, renters and businesses, click here or click on the flyers below. (Image on left is for residents; image on right is for businesses.)