Small Business Saturday

November 24th, 2011

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there’s the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday, the day people support small businesses. Pledge to Shop SmallSM on Nov. 26th. If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge.

From: (sponsored by American Express)
The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses
on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On November 26, we’re asking millions of people to Shop Smallsm at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

I have a small medical transcription business; for details see:

I have been contacting Dumas Memorial Hospital (as well as Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo) since the beginning of 2009, trying to get them to stop sending medical transcription to MedQuist, perhaps America’s largest medical transcription services, located in New Jersey, who sends their jobs to India and the Philippines. My contacts with both the Medical Transcription Supervisor and the CEO were initially met with interest and then when I followed up I was told “Thanks but no thanks”. The Dumas Economic Development Council told me that I was “majoring in the minors”.

I have discussed this on the phone with the editor of the local newspaper, the Moore County News, and sent him a followup e-mail with details (including a copy of my latest letter to the hospital) and he has not responded, even though he has been running front-page “shop local on the 20 th” articles for the past several months.

When I heard about Small Business Saturday, I realized that local citizens do not know how the hospital (which is subsidized by local taxpayers) does not return the favor and support the local community by keeping their medical transcription jobs here in the Texas Panhandle. I decided to picket the hospital on Small Business Saturday, in hopes some passersby ask me about my sign and become aware of what the hospital is doing with potential local jobs.

I hope I can reach the Dumas hospital’s CEO (as well as the CEO/CFO of Northwest Texas Hospital, who also sends out ALL of their medical transcription) as well as both hospital’s board members and generate interest in keeping these jobs local and benefitting the local economies.

Ron Winegardner
P.O. Box 922
Sunray, TX 79086

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