Shopping Small is a Big Deal on Small Business Saturday

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Region VI - South Central Region  - November 21, 2018

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Dottie Overal visits Avery Joe's

Dottie Overal, Oklahoma District director meets with Avery Joe’s Boutique owners Kim Peffer and Heather Samuels in Yukon, Oklahoma. This clothing boutique started by two busy moms is a featured business in Small Business Saturday promotions in Oklahoma.  

Shopping Small is a Big Deal on Small Business Saturday, November 24th

Regional Administrator Justin Crossie

By Justin Crossie, Regional Administrator

Every day, the SBA celebrates America’s 30 million small businesses that generate two out of three new jobs, and deliver essential goods and services to neighborhood communities 365 days a year.

On Small Business Saturday, November 24, we go a step further by spending our holiday shopping money at local merchants and dining at our favorite mom and pop restaurants.  Since 2011, the SBA has been a formal cosponsor of Small Business Saturday. 

For at least a decade, I had the privilege to serve as the regional director for U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise.  In that position I worked closely with Louisiana entrepreneurs to help our state’s small businesses grow and thrive.  Now, as the South Central Regional Administrator, I continue to serve small businesses not only in Louisiana, but throughout Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 

DD Angela Burton visits Los Asados

In photo at right, Lower Rio Grande Valley District Director Angela Burton dines at local Los Asados with Charlie Rosel who manages the restaurant for this father, who was able to expand with a $2.7 million SBA 7(a) loan.


I believe in shopping in the community at small  businesses run by family and friends, and supporting our neighbors by keeping our money local. 

I was able to witness the revitalization of downtown Hammond, Louisiana.  Vibrant businesses now stand where there used to be run-down, dilapidated buildings.  As you stroll through Hammond, you see a variety of boutique clothing stores, a great cigar shop, unique and niche restaurants, and one of my favorite places to meet with friends - Gnarly Barley Brewing, a craft brewery that started in the home of Zac and Cari Caramonta.  That’s what small business is to me. 

Jo Ann Lawrence visits NOLA small business

Louisiana Deputy Director Jo Ann Lawrence recognizes locally-owned Cupcake Farries, co-owner Michelle Burton Oatis, and encourages shoppers to sample local favorites.


It is the unique businesses that represent the taste and passion of the people who own them.  It’s more individual; it’s not cookie cutter, it is one-of-a-kind originals. 

Last year, 108 million consumers shopped small or dined small across the country and generated approximately $12 billion in reported spending.  When our small businesses do well, our communities do too.

Nearly 3.8 million small businesses are located throughout the South Central Region, employing more than 7.1 million workers.  When you spend your money at small businesses you are empowering the American dream, building strong communities and helping create more jobs.

I want to encourage everyone to join me in supporting our friends and our neighbors and shop small or dine small on Small Business Saturday. 

For more Small Business Saturday details visit .

Click here to view SBA Administrator Linda McMahon’s TODAY Show appearance highlighting Small Business Saturday.

Cosponsorship Authorization # 18-2050-103. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


Dottie Overal visits One Faith Boutique

Dottie Overal, Oklahoma District Director discusses Small Business Saturday with One Faith Boutique owners Lara Davis and Craig Davis in Yukon, Oklahoma. One Faith Boutique was able to expand and create jobs with financing backed by the SBA

Herb Austin visits with Eno's Pizza Owners in Fornay, Texas

Herb Austin Dallas/Fort Worth District director visited Eno’s Pizza in rural Forney, Texas to promote Small Business Saturday. Eno’s is owned by Donna and Shane Spillers (mother and son). They received a 7a loan in FY2018 from American National Bank of Texas for $579,000 to open this location. “Without this loan the business would not have been able to open” says Shane Spillers. Shane states the loan helped their Forney location create 50 jobs.

New Mexico Director John Garcia

New Mexico District Director John Garcia,left, and Business Opportunity Specialist Josh Baca visit Jasmine Baillio, who owns "What Goes Around … A Consignment Boutique" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Baillio is a graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders Program where she learned tools to catapult her business to the next level.  

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Edward Haddock

Arkansas District

Edward Haddock, Director

Herb Austin

Dallas-Fort Worth District

Herb Austin, Director

Phillip Silva

El Paso District

Phillip Silva, Director

Tim Jeffcoat

Houston District

Tim Jeffcoat, Director

Mike Ricks

Louisiana District

Mike Ricks, Director

Angela Burton

Lower Rio Grande Valley District

Angela Burton, Director

Calvin Davis

Lubbock-West Texas District

Calvin Davis, Director

John Garcia

New Mexico District

John Garcia, Director

Dottie Overal

Oklahoma District

Dottie Overal, Director

Anthony Ruiz

San Antonio District

Anthony Ruiz, Director