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Small Business Saturday encourages local shopping

A few downtown Roswell merchants capitalize on Shop Small Saturday, sponsored by American Express and supported by MainStreet Roswell, by displaying balloons, pennants and posters to attract shoppers and by giving away swag bags of goodies. New Mexico has 154,489 small businesses, defined as those with less than 500 employees, and they make up 99 percent of all businesses in the state, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

ARTESIA — It didn’t matter if the businesses were on Main Street or Hermosa Drive, a number of locally owned businesses in Artesia were participating in Small Business Saturday.