It's that time of year again! Colors have changed, leaves have fallen and as we move deeper into winter I would like to take a minute to discuss this process and its importance to the environment. This process is essential to all life here in the Upper Peninsula and across the world. As leaves change colors and fall to the ground, they decompose releasing essential nutrients into the soil. This gives the soil energy come spring to re-grow flowers, plants, produce food, etc. But what about our communities? How do they gain essential nutrients and energy to grow? Small Business Saturday, this weekend, Nov. 30, is one answer to that question!