• Chamber Encourages Shopping Local With the 2018 Holidays by the Sea Initiative

    The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Press Conference on Friday, November 16 at 10:00am at Empire Tea & Coffee located at 112 William Street in Newport to encourages shopping local with the 2018 Holidays by the Sea Shop, Stay, Dine and Explore Initiative.

    Confirmed Speakers are (additional speakers will be added)
    Erin Donovan-Boyle                        Executive Director, Newport County Chamber of Commerce
    Mark S. Hayward                              Regional Administrator (A) and RI District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
    Local officials, merchants and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind residents to THINK LOCAL and SHOP SMALL in advance of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
    The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its 2018 Holidays by the Sea initiative. The goal is simple; encourage people to shop, stay, dine and explore locally this holiday season. All merchants, Chamber members and non-members alike, are encouraged to participate.
    Holidays by the Sea will begin on Small Business, Saturday November 24, and run through December 31st. Participating retailers will be offering special discounts that will be featured in an online guide hosted on the Chamber’s website.
    As a 2018 Neighborhood Champion of the American Express Shop Small Initiative, the Chamber will distribute Shop Small® branded tote bags, doormats, banners, signage, balloons and more, to support merchants Small Business Saturday and Shop Small efforts. Compliments of American Express, these promotional items are only available while supplies last.
    Prior to the press conference, beginning at 9:30 a.m. we are encouraging local business people to come together to celebrate the season and enjoy conversation, community and complimentary hot chocolate provided by Empire Tea & Coffee.
    The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with nearly 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island.  We help businesses succeed.

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