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PHOTO: Small Business Saturday arrives on November 29 this year, and economic experts say money spent at local shops, stores and restaurants are a boost to the local economy. Photo credit: Stuart Whitmore/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Black Friday is known as the official start of the holiday shopping season, but a newer tradition is picking up steam. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, an event that encourages shoppers to spend their dollars at local stores and restaurants. Martin Golden, district director of ...Read More

PHOTO: Hush Intimate Apparel is one of many Michigan businesses with special promotions for Small Business Saturday, a day to show support for locally-owned retailers and restaurants, now in its fifth year. Photo credit: Linda Michele-Dobel Photography.

BRIGHTON, Mich. - While many Michigan shoppers will pack the malls and big box stores today for the annual Black Friday deals and steals, a growing number will take part in a newer tradition tomorrow: Small Business Saturday. Lisa Nelson owns Hush Intimate Apparel, a women's boutique in downtown Br ...Read More

PHOTO: Black Friday protests in Indianapolis, Kokomo, North Vernon and South Bend are among the more than 2,200 planned at Walmart stores in almost every state. Photo courtesy of Central Indiana Jobs with Justice.

INDIANAPOLIS – Some Indiana activists will join others from around the nation today outside Walmart stores, but instead of shopping for Black Friday bargains they'll be protesting against what they consider low wages. Walmart reports that it pays the average worker about $11.82 an hour, whic ...Read More

PHOTO: Activists around Illinois will join Black Friday protests nationwide, calling for Walmart to pay a fairer wage to its workers. Photo courtesy of Interfaith Worker Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some Illinois activists will join others from around the nation today outside Walmart stores, but instead of shopping for Black Friday bargains they'll be protesting against what they consider low wages. Walmart reports that it pays the average worker about $11.82 an hour, ...Read More

PHOTO: Loneliness is one of the toughest things about aging. AARP is asking people to commit to spending one day a month with an older relative or neighbor, to make a meaningful connection between generations. Photo credit: tobkatrina/FeaturePics.com

PORTLAND, Ore. – It may be time for a new holiday tradition – or an early New Year's resolution – to spend time with an older person in your family or your neighborhood, and to make it a monthly commitment. AARP points out that amid Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: It's estimated that Andrus Award winner Barry Coggins has delivered around 10,000 meals in his more than two decades of volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Photo courtesy AARP Tennessee.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A singer and songwriter from Nashville is being honored for his volunteer work and making a real difference in the lives of others every week of the year. Barry Coggins is the winner of the 2014 Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service. Coggins was nominated by Adrie ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u ...Read More

PHOTO: The seventh annual Walk to End Hunger is set for Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America. Photo credit: Hunger Solutions Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - It has become a family tradition for thousands of Minnesotans who will be giving back by raising money for the hungry on Thanksgiving before they sit down and give thanks at that big feast. The 7th annual Walk to End Hunger will be held Thursday morning at the Mall of America, ...Read More

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