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Shop and Work Local in Great Lakes Bay this Holiday Season

The RC Gift Guide 2022

The holidays are right around the corner, which can only mean one thing - shoppers are out trying to find the perfect last-minute present for loved ones.

As you continue your gift buying, consider keeping money in our community by supporting small businesses owned and operated by those in the Great Lakes Bay Region. At Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC), there is no shortage of places to find unique, crafted gifts made by local entrepreneurs.

“When you shop locally, you make a personal investment in your neighborhood and community,” says Erin Strang, President + CEO of CMURC. “It is like a ripple effect, when you buy local you will notice immediate and long-term effects. You help create jobs for your friends and neighbors as well as investing in your community economically.”

Support small businesses while shopping for everyone on your list at these Great Lakes Bay Region based companies:

Supporting small businesses in the Great Lakes Bay can be fun and beneficial for all. Spend the day at destinations throughout the region where you can work, shop and play all under one roof. Consider the SVRC Marketplace or Uptown Bay City with an amazing mix of activities, retail shops, restaurants, and flexible office space for a break to make more money while you spend money. For those who have already completed their holiday shopping, there are still ways to give back to small local businesses. Donate to CMURC and its Minority Business Accelerator to directly support entrepreneurs growing in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

To learn more about the Great Lakes Bay gift guide, entrepreneurial programs, cowork space and more, visit


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