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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays. Even though I’ll probably eat too much (and regret it later), I look forward to spending time with my family and friends every year. Before I clear out of the office for the long weekend, I’d like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

By now you’re probably familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but you may not have heard about Small Business Saturday yet. When you come out of your food coma and venture out to do some holiday shopping this weekend, be sure to support your local small businesses. Go to to read more and join the movement on Facebook.

This Saturday is the first-ever Small Business Saturday, and I hope it’s not the last. This kind of support for our small and mid-sized businesses will ultimately help our economy get back to full strength. I have faith that it will — do you? Let me know by leaving a comment below and by joining with me in support of Small Business Saturday on Facebook.

Happy Turkey Day to You and Yours!


P.S. At, you can search for local small businesses and also list your business. As I type this, there are already 877,217 people who have “liked” this movement on Facebook!

P.P.S. Even though the Holiday Season is upon us, don’t think that we plan on taking it easy or coasting through the rest of the year. If you or someone you know is interested in owning commercial property for a small or mid-sized business, call me at (866) 622-4504 or email me at right away. There’s no need to put this off until the New Year.

P.P.P.S. If you’re not a “follower” of Mercantile on Twitter or a “liker” of Mercantile on Facebook, become one now! It only takes a few clicks.

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  1. Roger Broderick says:

    Thanks you as well.

  2. George Kanalos says:

    Same to you as well.

  3. Steven H. Podolsky says:


    Have a wonderful holiday with your family!!

  4. Arielle Tate says:

    Thanks Chris, hope you have a wonderful thanks giving with you in your family.

  5. Tim Whitefield says:


    We hope you enjoy a great holiday with your family!

  6. Arnie Lubliner says:

    Dear Chris,


    On September 16, 1620
    102 immigrants crowded aboard a leaky 100 ft long ship.
    They spent the next 66 days at sea.
    On the voyage, 4 died including one new born child.

    They faced cold, disease and starvation.
    That winter 45 more succumbed.
    By the end of March the survivors had moved ashore
    into small huts and a 20′ x 20′ log common house.

    When the Mayflower departed in April,
    the captain offered free return passage for anyone.
    No one took the offer.

    The following fall the 53 hardy souls who remained
    together with about 90 of the neighboring Indians
    found it in their hearts to gather together in thanks.

    We honor their legacy best
    and the legacy of ALL who built this country
    when we set aside our petty squabbles
    and work together as one.

    Give thanks!

  7. Steven says:

    Happy thanks giving to you, Chris, and yours. Wishing you and all, A Very Happy ThanksGiving. Notwithstanding whatever is and isn’t right in our worlds, we, as Americans, are truly blessed and have much to be Thankful for each and every day.

  8. Loretta Mathushek says:

    Chris, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  9. Aaron Mittleman says:

    And the same good wishes to you and yours.

  10. Gene Kordoban says:

    Thank you Chris.Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

  11. Willie Brady says:

    Thank chris. Happy holiday. To you

  12. Joseph Coleman says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Chris.

  13. Bill Hatraf says:

    I’ve watched you on TV a time or two. You’re a sharp man!
    Warmest regards!

  14. Neil Advani says:

    Interesting from a business perspective, but I’m more curious how this is going to affect current Citi/SLC borrowers. Being one of those borrowers (w/ both federal AND private loans through Citi/SLC), I’d love to know whether my monthly payments are going to start going somewhere other than Citibank, and I haven’t found ANY information to that affect.

    Neil Advani

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