Today is Small Business Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving — a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on.
American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Woonsocket.
Jeanne Pepin Budnick, chairperson of the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance, which is partnering with the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce to promote Small Business Saturday, said the day is a national focus on their year-round effort to promote local business.
"We ask our customers to, whatever they do, whenever they can, to shop independently owned businesses." Budnick said.
Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities.
Here's a list of local small businesses participating in Small Business Saturday:
WOONSOCKET PALACE PIZZA
SHOWCASE PRO WRESTLING
STAGE RIGHT STUDIO
YE OLDE ENGLISH
THE RIVER FALLS RESTAURANT
CABINET GALLERY LTD
AL DREW'S MUSIC INC
CHAN'S FINE ORIENTAL DINING
J AND M PAINTBALL
CITY STREET LIQUORS
SUNRISE PIZZA & GRILL
LI' L GENERAL STORE 2
PARK AVE PIZZA
THAT FACE WELLNESS CENTER
You can also “like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/shopsmall.
Everyone has locally owned businesses in their community, and shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in your community.
TELL US: What small businesses do you patronize in your town and what makes them great? Share in the comments below.