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Saying Thanks by Shopping Local
Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, not only because of the food, but because it gives me a chance to think about what I’m thankful for. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I am especially thankful to live in a society that supports one another. Not only were families, friends, and neighbors affected, but local shops and businesses, as well.  In this time of thanksgiving and the holidays, what better way to say thanks to our neighbors by supporting small business during Small Business Saturday?

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The UPS Store: Cash Mobs Give Local Businesses a Boost
The UPS Store

Starting a business can be scary and challenging, as Michael and Peter Solaka, owners of Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in Detroit, Michigan, quickly learned. As they worked to open their shop they faced a series of setbacks including flooding, robbery, and landlord bankruptcy. At times it seemed as if their local grocery shop would never open. But after two and a half years, through determination and incredible resilience, Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe has finally opened its doors, and we want to help make sure it stays that way.

We’re always looking for new ways to help small businesses, so when we heard about cash mobs, we knew we wanted to get involved. Cash mobs are events where community members gather together and target a local small business to give them a one-time profit surge. It’s a great way to encourage people to buy local and generate revenue that supports their community. To show our support, we worked with local cash mob organizations and pitched in $25 Visa gift cards in different cities across the country for participants to spend at designated small businesses, one of those being Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe.

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