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Arkansas District Office Kicks-Off Small Business Saturday in Little Rock’s SoMa District

District Director Edward Haddock encourages shopping local on Nov. 24
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Release Number: 
Kevin Lee McIver - (501) 324-7379 x294 –

LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Arkansas District Office will conduct a “Small Business Saturday” walking tour on Nov. 24 in Little Rock’s South Main Street (SoMa) district to celebrate shopping small in Arkansas. Mayor Mark Stodola and other invited guests are slated to participate in the kickoff that begins 10 a.m. at The Green Corner Store on 1423 South Main.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Arkansans to stop by their local stores here and across the state as we celebrate the importance of shopping locally,” said District Director Edward Haddock. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the small businesses, lenders, and supporters like Regions Bank, Forge, Communities Unlimited, Soma 501, River Market, and Argenta Arts District who made this possible.”

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 employees.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized the importance of Arkansas small businesses and shopping locally when he recently proclaimed Nov. 24 as Arkansas Small Business Saturday. In his proclamation, Gov. Hutchinson stated small business owners and operators continue to make a vital contribution to Arkansas economic power and he urged all citizens to support their local Arkansas small businesses by shopping small during the holiday season.

“This year marks the ninth annual celebration of Small Business Saturday and will be a day to get out and visit small businesses in the area including South Main Street, River Market, and the Argenta Arts 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.

Co-sponsorship 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.


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