2013-11-28 / Opinion

Shop Middletown Businesses

To the Editor:

The Town of Middletown has joined a movement to promote small businesses this month.

In a proclamation passed unanimously by town council, Saturday, Nov. 30 has been declared "Small Business Saturday" in Middletown.

We don't want to take away from our great big business partners, but we also think it's important to help the small businesses in our community.

This campaign inspires consumers to shop small and support local businesses, especially on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Some people put everything into their work, their names on the door and their hearts into their community. Small Business Saturday is a day to show support, a day to shop at stores owned by our friends and neighbors and to do our part for the businesses that do so much for us.

Our local small businesses do not have large advertising budgets and marketing dollars; this is our way to help them.

When you shop small at independent, locally-owned businesses, 52 percent of what you spend stays right in your community supporting local organizations and services.

Rhode Island towns such as East Greenwich actively promote Small Business Saturday and have seen great success with the program.

We have been going around town handing out posters promoting the event. Available at Town Hall, you will see them now in many businesses. Local businesses have been very excited about the program.

We ask Middletown residents to get out and show their support by buying goods and services at local businesses on Nov. 30.

Chris Semonelli

Middletown

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