Think Local First http://wemu.org en Minimum Wage Increase: Pros and Cons http://wemu.org/post/minimum-wage-increase-pros-and-cons <p>Michigan's Small Business Administration and a local organization dedicated to the success of locally-owned independent businesses are weighing in on the idea of raising the minimum wage.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:14:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 40912 at http://wemu.org Local, Independent Retailers Ramp Up For Strong Sales This Holiday Weekend http://wemu.org/post/local-independent-retailers-ramp-strong-sales-holiday-weekend <p>Locally owned businesses are hoping holiday shoppers out today will make sure they shop at their stores, not just the big box retailers.&nbsp;</p><p>Ingrid Ault is the executive director of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Local-First/123587497689205"><strong>Think Local First</strong></a>.&nbsp; Ault says they want shoppers to think of today as "Plaid Friday" and support locally owned, independent stores and restaurants.</p><p><br />Ault says tomorrow is also <em>Small Business Saturday </em>which was created by American Express.&nbsp;&nbsp; Shoppers get a discount for using their card at small independently owned businesses Saturday.&nbsp; She says unlike many chain stores, most locally owned businesses opted to stay closed yesterday to let their employees celebrate Thanksgiving.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:36:58 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38337 at http://wemu.org Local, Independent Retailers Ramp Up For Strong Sales This Holiday Weekend