"Shop Small" This Holiday Season

Region VI states

SBA South Central Region News

Serving AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Attention Small Business Shoppers!

Small Business Saturday graphic

A Message from the Regional Administrator

Yolanda Garcia Olivarez

Yolanda Garcia Olivarez

    I love to shop at small businesses.  I love walking into neighborhood stores, browsing for unique items and speaking to entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our communites.  These talented men and women are creative, brave and they know how to persevere through economic ups and downs.  They are inspiring.  Each day they reach for and grab hold of the American dream.

       These businesses create two out of every three new jobs in America, helping spur economic development in communities across our country. 

     From the storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the cornerstones of our Nation’s promise. 

    Everyone has heard of Black Friday; some people have heard of Cyber Monday, but in between is Small Business Saturday - a day set aside recognize and to support these small businesses that enrich our communities. 

    November 24 marks the third annual Small Business Saturday.  I join Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the SBA, to encourage everyone to  “shop small” this holiday season:  

     “By shopping small on November 24th and throughout this holiday season, we can support the men and women who are building these amazing small businesses," Mills said.  "And we can also get great products and services for our family, friends and loved ones. It’s a win-win."

     “Last year, Small Business Saturday gave a boost to Main Street businesses all across the country, with more than 100 million people shopping at independently-owned small businesses. And this year we can do even better. So make sure to spend time this holiday season visiting the many small businesses in your neighborhood." 

   For more information on how to support Small Business Saturday in your area, or to get great Small Business Saturday marketing tips and resources, check out www.sba.gov/saturday or visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday and follow us on Twitter @SBAgov, #SmallBizSat.

Succss Story

Recycle Runway exhibit

New Mexico District

Nancy Judd owner Recycle Runway

 WBC contributes to Recycle Runway's success

     Nancy Judd, owner of Recycle Runway in Santa Fe, New Mexico creates fashions using materials that would otherwise be considered "trash." She provides hands-on workshops for youth and adults and always includes a 20-minute presentation of her recycled fashions and environmental message. Her goal is to raise awareness about environmental issues.  The success of Judd's business is due in part to her involvement and funding provided by WESST, an SBA women's business center resource partner and MicroLender.  

     “They have contributed to my success tremendously,” Judd said.  They helped me to understand the value of what I do.  They have helped me with pricing, marketing and developing my website.  Their encouragement and support has been invaluable.”  Read more.

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Region VI Staff

Regional Administrator

Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, yolanda.olivarez@sba.gov


Regional Communications Director

Darla Booker, darla.booker@sba.gov


Administrative Resources Coordinator

Virginia Geary, virginia.geary@sba.gov