Small Business Saturday Celebrates Shopping Local

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Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for the community to support and shop at local businesses.

That is a big reason why the stores at the shopping center were packed on this Saturday after Thanksgiving, which has become known as Small Business Saturday.

Locally, the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce has joined together with the Ontario Growth Association, Main Street Books, Downtown Mansfield, The Shelby Area Business Group, Be Focal Buy Local Richland County, and the Clear Fork Valley Chamber of Commerce to promote small businesses county-wide.

Proponents of Small Business Saturday in Rhode Island said that if shoppers shifted 10% of their spending from chains to local stores, some $373 million would be put back into the state's economy.

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"It's really a time where we can offer a little bit off to our customers and they can come in and it's a mutually beneficial event where they can save a little bit of money and they can make a little bit of extra money". "Shopping local helps build our local economies and support the businesses who employ 1.4 million MA residents".

Nationally, American Express reported that small business owners generated about $15.5 billion on Small Business Saturday previous year.

Satisfied customers and more sales!

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