Local stores participate in Small Business Saturday

Stay local, shop small, save big on Small Business Saturday

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.

It's a national movement promoted by American Express to encourage people to include small businesses in their holiday shopping, however, stores do not need to accept American Express to participate.

The day was named seven years ago by American Express in an attempt to help out small businesses during the recession.

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. While some shops around the country are losing customers to online stores, some local businesses say 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!'

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The group, Rashtriya Chetna Manch, had burnt the Padmavai's director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's effigy earlier. The words " Padmavati ka virodh (Protest against Padmavati )" were also found at the same place.

For every dollar spent here in MA, 68 cents stays local, compared to 43 cents spent at national retailers, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Charlie Baker.

"You have to have an e-commerce side when you're a small business now", said Julie Loose, owner of "The Rusty Chair" in Rogers.

Here is a look at some of the businesses offering special events or sales during Small Business Saturday.

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