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Lt. Gov. Roberts to To Join Celebration for Landmark Rhode Island Small Business

Roberts to make “Main Street” holiday tour of Chepachet local businesses and celebrate Brown & Hopkins Country Store 200th Anniversary

PROVIDENCE— Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Chair of the Small Business Advocacy Council, continues her holiday “Main Street” walking tours to highlight the importance of local businesses to the Rhode Island economy for the statewide initiative Buy Local RI, Wednesday, December 9th, at 6:00 p.m. in Chepachet.

The Lt. Governor’s visit of Chepachet local businesses will coincide with the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s celebration Brown & Hopkins Country Store’s two-hundredth anniversary. The business is listed as the nation’s oldest country store in continuous operation by the Bond Map Company of New York.

Buy Local RI launched last holiday season with a public awareness campaign, encouraging Rhode Islanders to support our local businesses by shopping locally for the holidays. The “Main Street” events build on existing local initiatives that highlight the opportunity and benefits of choosing to Buy Local RI during the holiday season and throughout the year.

The Buy Local RI initiative has also launched a website, dedicated to expanding the market for local businesses and products by connecting consumers and businesses to Rhode Island companies. Independent Rhode Island businesses are encouraged to register at no cost on the Buy Local RI website, which will feature a fully searchable database of Rhode Island businesses, goods and services.

For more information, visit the Buy Local RI page on the Lt. Governor’s website at:

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