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RI pushes shop local initiative over holiday

November 24, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island officials are pushing the celebration of "Small Business Saturday" after the Thanksgiving holiday as a way to get more people shopping locally on one of the year's busiest shopping weekends.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed helped pass a resolution earlier this month that declares the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. It comes between "Black Friday," when bricks-and-mortar stores offer deals to lure shoppers, and "Cyber Monday," when online retailers traditionally do the same.

Earlier in the week, the Rhode Island Democrat visited small businesses in Providence as a way to show support for the initiative.

The movement's motto is "when we all shop small, it will be huge."

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