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SBA to Promote Small Business Saturday on Aurora, Pilsen and Little Village Walking Tours

Team to encourage local small business support and provide owners with tips to boost holiday sales
Release Date: 
Monday, November 18, 2019

CHICAGO – Great Lakes Region and Illinois District team members from the U.S. Small Business Administration will visit Aurora, Pilsen, and Little Village on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to promote Small Business Saturday, which is November 30 this year, and the importance of shopping local this holiday season.

WHAT: Small business walking tour highlighting Chicagoland entrepreneurs, job creators and community supporters, as well as strategies for taking full advantage of Small Business Saturday and kicking off a strong holiday shopping season.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Aurora, Pilsen and Little Village 

WHO: (In Pilsen and Little Village) SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott; SBA Illinois District Director Robert Steiner; Illinois SBDC at Little Village Chamber of Commerce Blanca Berthier

(In Aurora) SBA Illinois District team; Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College Director Harriet Parker

WHY: More than 1.2 million businesses in Illinois are small and they are the engine of our state’s economy. Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday encourages consumers to impact their local economies by supporting a small business and acknowledge those who create two of every three jobs, deliver essential goods and services across the nation 365 days a year, and enrich our communities. Last year, more than 100 million nationwide consumers shopped small on Small Business Saturday. For more information, visit

Public and media are invited to join; RSVP to Jessica Mayle at or (312) 886-0409.


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, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

Co-sponsorship 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.