Mayor candidates patronize small businesses

November 27, 2010 4:32:26 PM PST
Two people running for Chicago mayor participated in the first-ever Small Business Saturday, a nationwide effort to encourage shoppers to support independently-owned stores and restaurants this holiday season.

Carol Moseley Braun, operates an organic beverage firm, visited stores in Chicago's Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhood.

Gery Chico visited a North Side small business. Chico said 80-percent of Chicago employers run small businesses.

"I think it's a very, very important part of Chicago: the entrepreneurial spirit. My administration will work very hard as it promotes job creation to focus on our local neighborhoods and our commercial strips," said Chico.

"We can cut the red tape. We can roll out the red carpet for small businesses that locate in the neighborhoods, creating jobs in the neighborhoods. We can help them with financing," said Braun.

Early indications suggest Black Friday sales were good for both small and large business. TV sets and toys were big sellers.


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