The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Central Region Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez and Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce’s Nicole D’Souza dined small on Nov. 16 at Wayback Burgers to focus support on local retail stores and restaurants, in honor of Small Business Saturday®.
Small Business Saturday is a yearly tradition for America’s small businesses held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year, there were 88 million consumers “Shopping Small” on Saturday.
“At the SBA, we know small businesses are vital to the growth and prosperity of the American economy,” Olivarez said in a news release. “Small business owners and Main Street businesses are the fabric of our daily lives. They have energy and passion for what they do, and when we support small businesses, jobs are created and local communities preserve their unique culture.”
Wayback Burgers owner Rawah Hassan opened the restaurant with a $125,000 loan backed by the SBA. In fiscal year 2015, SBA loans in the District topped $1 billion for the first time ever.
“The Chamber has participated in Small Business Saturday since its inception and we are proud to be the Neighborhood Champion for the City of Irving,” said Nicole D’Souza of the Irving Chamber. “This is a great way that we can support our small businesses and encourage residents and visitors to Shop Small and Shop In Irving. “
On Nov, 28, Deep Market Irving will participate in Shop Small. Head downtown to shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For those who’d like to try Wayback Burgers, it’s at 6421 Riverside Drive at Royal.