Shop Small® this Holiday Season with the Small Business Administration

Supporting Small Businesses Supports Our Communities

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator (acting) Steve Bulger

As the voice of our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates the 30 million small businesses igniting our economy and enriching our communities throughout the year. We are once again partnering with organizations across the country this holiday shopping season to celebrate Small Business Saturday® (the Saturday after Thanksgiving); a day to honor and support small businesses for all they contribute to our communities. 

Supporting America’s entrepreneurs can be as simple as “Shopping Small” at Main Street merchants, which create two out of three net new jobs in our communities. Your dollars make an impact. Last year, total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of $17.8 billion. Shoppers also turned out for online small businesses in 2018 – among consumers who said they participated on the day, 41% reported that they shopped small online on Small Business Saturday. This is positive news for all of us, especially during the holiday season, as Americans boost their local economies.

In so many ways, small businesses are the glue that holds our communities together. In addition to providing jobs and contributing to the local tax base, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to local non-profits and community causes. Seventy five percent donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations annually. 81% of small businesses plan on giving back to their community in 2019.

Each small business typically has a list of different organizations and causes it donates to: 66% give to local charities, 48% support local youth organizations, 42% donate to local first responders… the list goes on. I encourage you to join me and more than 100 million Americans in shopping and dining small on Small Business Saturday® as you check off items on your holiday shopping list.

This year, to help bring attention to our locally owned retailers and restauranteurs, SBA is visiting neighborhoods near you. In Virginia, we’re visiting small businesses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and the greater Richmond area providing tips and tricks for Small Business Saturday® through Nov 26th. Join us and meet with local business owners to highlight the impact their presence and your dollars have on making our Virginia communities a great place to live and shop.

Thank you for shopping small this holiday season. Let us know how you’re supporting your local entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday by using #ShopSmall on social media as you go about your shopping. For more information, visit  www.sba.gov/saturday.


Barbara Sykes Stroud

February 5, 1953 - November 20, 2019

Visitation Services

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019

Echols Funeral Home
803 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sykes Family Cemetery

Barbara Sykes Stroud, 66, died Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Although born in North Carolina, Barbara lived and worked her whole life in Greensville County, the daughter of Alice Brickell Sykes and the late Dana Weaver Sykes. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Eugene Stroud. Barbara attended Chowan College, where she was later named “Person of the Year” in the Womens Recreational Association and was inducted into the Chowan College Sports Hall of Fame. She later earned her Bachelors degree from Longwood College. Barbara served with the Greensville County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, retiring as a Captain. She was an avid hunter and golfer, a great cook, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, Alice Brickell Sykes, Barbara is survived by her son, Brian W. Stroud and his wife Ashlee, her daughter, Mary Alice Banner, a sister, Wanda W. Wilson, grandchildren, Brantley Eugene Stroud, Kiersten Banner, and Kandie Hicks.

Graveside Services will be held Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Sykes Family Cemetery with Pastor Tom Spizzirri officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

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