Mayor Benjamin Blake presented members of the Downtown Milford Business Association (DMBA) with a Small Business Month Proclamation in support of local businesses serving as the heartbeat of Downtown Milford. Small Business Month is Nov. 1 – 30 and presented by Patriot Bank, N.A.

“Milford’s independently owned, small businesses keep money in the local economy, sustain and create jobs and support environmental responsibility and sustainable practices. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community,” said Mayor Blake.

Patriot Bank President & CEO Ken Neilson, said, “The economic impact, uniqueness and charm that downtown Milford’s small shops and restaurants bring are tremendous and need to be spotlighted. As a local business ourselves, Patriot Bank understands firsthand how important it is for residents to patronize local merchants that give back to the community. Patriot is dedicated to growing and supporting local communities. That’s why we’re honored to play a key role as Title Sponsor of Milford Small Business Month.”

Priscilla Lynn, DMBA Executive Director, said Downtown Milford is a blend of small, locally owned businesses.

“The members of the Downtown Milford Business Association offer personal service and a unique selection from among their retail shops, professional services, restaurants, and entertainment venues,” said Lynn. “This year, we decided to honor these businesses — and encourage visitors to ‘Love Local’ — by showcasing them all November during Small Business Month. Of course, our hope is that the positive vibes and visitor traffic this generates will continue year-round.”

Local shops, restaurants and entertainment venues will offer specials, events and activities throughout the month long celebration.

The event kicks off with a ‘Meet and Greet Open House’ of DMBA businesses owners and entrepreneurs on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Arts Center (40 Railroad Ave.). Wines and More will offer a tasting table and refreshments will be provided by Patriot Bank. The event is free and open to the public.

Free workshops will be held the first four Mondays in November, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Milford Public Library Community Room (57 New Haven Ave.). Each week a specific topic will be presented by panelists featuring DMBA members and local business leaders, with a Q&A session to follow. Patriot Bank will offer free financial/banking information. Refreshments will be served.

Milford Public Library Workshop Schedule:

November 2 — “Services/Resources in your Neighborhood”

November 9 — “Restaurants: Why More is Better”

November 16 — “Arts & Entertainment: Downtown Alive & Rich With Choices”

November 23 — “Retailing in A Diverse Downtown District”

Downtown Milford businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, a day encouraging residents to shop local during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.