Make big moves to shop or dine small on Small Business Saturday

Saturdays are a cherished day. Many run errands such as car washes, haircuts or pick up supplies for a DIY smart electronics home project at a local hardware or electronics store. Saturdays are grocery stocking at family-owned food markets, self-care fitness time, or making memories with family and friends at corner coffee shops, neighborhood restaurants or bowling alleys. And more often than not, they go to small independent retailers that provide these goods and services.

SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Geri Aglipay
Geri Aglipay
Stacey Poynter
Stacey Poynter

But Saturday, Nov. 25, is an especially fine day. It’s the 14th annual Small Business Saturday when American consumers come out in droves to shop small or dine small in-person, or online, in mammoth support of small businesses nationwide. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to be a co-sponsor of Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010. 

Small businesses are the engines of our economy. They create two-thirds of net new jobs, and in Indiana, 537,058 small businesses employ 1.2 million people.  The day also advances equity by leveling the field so that small businesses can capture a larger piece of the critical holiday season consumer spending by getting more customers through their doors.

“With the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America economic agenda, the United States has experienced a historic small business boom being led by women and people of color at a rate 65% faster than the pre-pandemic average. By shopping small, we help create and preserve jobs, which expands opportunities for inclusive prosperity and generational wealth building in communities,” says SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Geri Aglipay.

Shopping small online is also encouraged. E-commerce is a priority of SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, because it helps make small businesses compete across global markets.

“The SBA Indiana district office is thrilled to promote Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is not just a day to shop; it’s a day to connect, appreciate and celebrate the unique character of all communities throughout Indiana while helping to foster investments in neighborhood growth and economic development,” according to Stacey Poynter, SBA Indiana district director.

Cheers to small businesses! Go make big moves to shop and dine small at local Indiana small businesses for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 and throughout the holiday season.


  • Geri Aglipay

    U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Geri Sanchez Aglipay was named by the White House to oversee the delivery of the SBA’s agency’s programs, field offices, and operations across Region V in the Great Lakes Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The first Filipino American woman to be appointed to an SBA regional position by any presidential administration, Aglipay is the principal representative of SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and provides interface with regional, state and local elected and appointed officials, trade organizations and small business communities across the region.

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  • Stacey Poynter

    U.S. Small Business Administration Indiana District Director Stacey Poynter is responsible for managing the strategic activities for the SBA Indiana district office and ensuring the delivery of all SBA programs throughout the state. SBA services include counseling and training, capital access featuring SBA loan guaranty programs, exporting and assistance in government contracting. With over 20 years of financial banking experience in Indiana, Poynter is an Indiana native, growing up in Columbus, and is a graduate of Purdue University.

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