WHEREAS, approximately 54 percent of young Americans envision starting a business or have already done so; and,
WHEREAS, entrepreneurship is the building block to success in the workplace and in communities as it brings ideas, creativity and innovation to life and drives economic growth on local, state and national levels; and,
WHEREAS, entrepreneurship is vital to job creation and is an integral part of Michigan's reinvention and continued growth; and,
WHEREAS, during this week we encourage youth as well as all residents throughout the state to explore innovative ways in which entrepreneurship education can bring together the core academic, technical and problem solving skills essential for the success of our state's future entrepreneurs; and,
WHEREAS, the National Governors Association encourages connecting education to economic growth industries, recognizing that entrepreneurship and small business creation are the growth engines of any economy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 18-25, 2017 as Entrepreneurship Week in Michigan.