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November 2015

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16 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • November 2015 Ask the Expert a sk t h e e x p e rt N ovember is a time for reflection, giving thanks and spending time with those we love. It's also a wonderful time to spread love in our community starting with Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday (November 28th, 2015) celebrates and supports independent small businesses. These businesses provide jobs in our commu- nity and are a critical part of downtown Fredericksburg's culture, atmosphere and economy. Instead of lining up in the cold or constantly refreshing your browser on the morning of Black Friday, wait an extra day and spend your Saturday shopping within our commu- nity. Ann Glave, executive director of Fredericksburg Mainstreet, Inc. has all the details on Small Business Saturday and how downtown Fredericksburg is celebrating this year. INTERVIEWED BY BRENDA SAPANGHILA Q: Tell us a little about Fredericksburg Main Street. When did it get started and how does it impact the downtown community? Fredericksburg Main Street, Inc. is about two years old. However, the exploration of Main Street started about four years ago with the city's economic development authority. Main Street's roots are with historic preservation and economic development. It originated from by the National Trust for Historic Preservation over 30 years ago. There are 26 Virginia Main Street Communities. Fredericksburg was designated in July 2013. Q: What are your three favorite things about downtown Fredericksburg? The history, the individuality or uniqueness of the businesses, and the community's love for downtown Fredericksburg. It's quite strong! Q: What is Small Business Saturday? It's the Saturday following Thanksgiving. It was created in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. It started out as an American Express event, and it now welcomes every small business whether or not they take American Express. It's got a life of its own! Fredericksburg Main Street

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