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November 24, 2013

Business briefs: Nov. 24, 2013

Small Business Day

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chamber of Commerce is supporting Small Business Saturday in Plattsburgh on Nov. 30.

The event is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year marks the fourth annual Small Business Saturday, held on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The chamber is encouraging residents and visitors to support these shops by doing some of their holiday shopping on this day.

Local businesses have seen the positive effects.

“We saw a 30 percent increase in sales on Small Business Saturday in 2012, which is a direct result of the local commitment to supporting small businesses,”  said Susan Coffey of the General Trading Company. “This year we are planning more promotions on that day featuring drawings, giveaways and refreshments to encourage everyone in our communities to shop local.”

Kim Murray from Champlain Valley Electric has also seen the benefits.

“Our Small Business Saturday events in 2012 consisted of raffles and giveaways along with sale pricing on many beautiful pieces in our lighting showroom,” she said. “In celebration of the event in 2013, we plan to expand on that, with some special surprises showcasing other products and services from area small-business vendors in our showroom. In addition, we hope to have some of our products and literature on display at various venues around town.”

These small businesses create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country, according to the chamber. For a list of participating businesses and for more information, visit www.northcountrychamber.com.

Contributions bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — A Halloween Festival was held Oct. 26 at Plattsburgh Housing Outlet. With the $4,700 collected this year, the company has donated more than $52,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Burlington, Vt., to continue their support of families in need, including a majority from upstate New York.

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