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The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its 2019 Holidays by the Sea initiative at 10 am on Monday, November 25th at Liberty Donuts. 

“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,” the Chamber states in a media advisory.

Among those expected to speak during the program are Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce; Nellie M. Gorbea, Secretary of State, Rhode Island; Mark S. Hayward, RI District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Louis P. DiPalma, Senator, District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton; Cynthia O’Malley, Director of Sales, The Preservation Society of Newport County; and Sean Napolitano, Owner/Founder, A1 Roofing & Construction & Liberty Donuts.

Holidays by the Sea will begin on Small Business, Saturday November 30, 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 2019 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 10:00 a.m. the Chamber is encouraging local business people to come together to celebrate the season and enjoy conversation, community and complimentary coffee provided by Liberty Donuts.

More info and updates here.

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