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Arkansas Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 - Support #ShopSmall

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As director of the SBA in Arkansas it is my duty to help support and amplify the impacts of the thousands of small businesses we have here in Arkansas. Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join us at the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2015, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of how many small businesses launch their busiest shopping season. According to the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion. The same survey reported that more than 70% of consumers are now aware of the Small Business Saturday initiative. Based on this annual survey over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began in 2010.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Arkansans to stop by their local small businesses here in Little Rock and across the state as we celebrate the importance of shopping at small businesses and shopping locally.

In 2018, an estimated 108 million consumers nationwide shopped small on Small Business Saturday. Here in the state of Arkansas, 99 percent of the businesses are small and those employ an estimated 479,000 people. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting local small businesses means a greater return on your dollar inside your local community. Our small business owners are the individuals we see in our community daily and take part in building our community. They are our PTA members, little league coaches, dance instructors, and our hair stylists. Every dollar you spend in their business helps them breath a little easier, knowing they can provide for their families and  continue to stay a part of the community. 

I have added links below to help navigate the many resources that are available to support Small Business Saturday for small business owners, shoppers and partner organizations. Please take time this November 30th and join me in shopping small across Arkansas! 


Edward Haddock

District Director US Small Business Administration

How You Can Participate

For shoppers

For small business owners

For partner organizations

“This year marks the tenth annual celebration of Small Business Saturday and will be a day to get out and visit small businesses in the area including our small rural main street shopping districts,” added Haddock. “It is the perfect day to celebrate and support our local small businesses by shopping local.”

To learn more about Small Business Saturday visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Cosponsorship Authorization #19-2050-93. 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


About the SBA Arkansas District Office:

The SBA Arkansas District serves Arkansas with locations in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. SBA Arkansas District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit or follow @SBA_Arkansas for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit