A proclamation: Georgia Small Business Week, Jan. 11, 2016

BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA

A PROCLAMATION

GEORGIA SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

WHEREAS: WHEREAS: WHEREAS: WHEREAS: THEREFORE:

The State of Georgia recognizes and values the dedication and entrepren~urial spirit of Georgia's small businesses that keep the state and America's economies growing strong. There are over 800,000 registered establishments in Georgia, representing a majority of the total number of businesses with employees in the state; and
Numerous entities, including the Georgia Centers of Innovation, the joint economic development committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, and many others are committed to helping our businesses grow and creating new jobs within the state by providing exemplary workforce training, financial assistance programs, research, and technical assistance; and
Georgia provides a wide array of services to small businesses, including the Small Business Development Centers and access to resources and assistance through programs like the Georgia State Small Business Credit Initiative, which is a state lending program that focuses on supporting small businesses and manufacturers; and
In 201 5, Georgia was named the best state in the nation in which to conduct business for the third year in a row. Additionally, Georgia was named number one in the country for fastest growth of women-owned businesses and number two for the most black-owned businesses. These accolades and others are evidence of the achievement of our efforts, as well as a testament to the success we have to look forward to; now
I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim February 15-19, 2016, as GEORGIA SMALL BUSINESS WEEK and urge all Georgians to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements made by small businesses, both locally and nationally.
In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 11th day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.

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