Local store owners mark special day

PROVIDENCE, RI – Saturday is National Small Business Saturday, a day to draw attention to the importance of locally-owned businesses.

President of the North Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Ramos says this year the Chamber will offer a shuttle connecting stores in North Scituate, North Providence, and Johnston. "The shuttle bus will loop around and make those three stops. And then also during that visit we will be making a brief stop for a small for a light lunch. All for ten dollars."

The shuttle will run from 10 a-m to 2 p-m. Tickets are $10 if purchased Friday, $15 if purchased Saturday. Ramos adds " Keep the money, keep the purchases, keep the sales in the state of RI. Support the small business person. The person who works hard every day rolling up his or her sleeves and keep the business local."

Executive Director of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Steve Lombardi urges shoppers to support home-town stores. "I think it keeps money in the economy, local economy. Many of these people depend on business at their establishments to make a living. And so it helps the community and supports the quality of life and it makes, in our particular case, East Greenwich a better place to live and work."

Lombardi says there are many unique locally-owned businesses in East Greenwich.

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