Small Business Saturday
Americans clicked away for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history.
In advance on Small Business Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the formation of a grant program designed to help small merchants who are critical to the local economies.
Black Friday was the big day for major retailers, but Saturday is all about the mom and pop stores.
If you want to skip the mega-malls and big department stores, think small. Local mom-and-pop shops also have holiday deals.
In Babylon on Long Island, small shops are feeling the strain from two weeks of lost sales, storm-damaged products and buildings and customers dealing with personal crises and fewer discretionary dollars.
In an effort help boost sales for independent merchants, New York launched Small Business Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday — two of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Bloomberg said small businesses are the glue that holds communities together.