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September 20 - 26, 2020: Small Business Week

WHEREAS, according to U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses comprise over 98% of Michigan businesses and employ half of Michigan workers; and,?


WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a variety of vibrant industries, driven by talented and innovative entrepreneurs; and,


WHEREAS, buying locally supports these entrepreneurs, encourages small business growth, and supports job growth in Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, during this week and throughout the year, we encourage Michigan residents to take advantage of the wonderful industries our state has to offer by doing business with Michigan’s small businesses; and,


WHEREAS, for every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy, according to Civic Economics Study in Grand Rapids; and,


WHEREAS, small businesses face extraordinary challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but when people support Michigan's small businesses and shop small, we can help instill a habit of supporting small businesses all year round; and,


WHEREAS, the goal of Small Business Week is to support small businesses and entrepreneurs and to celebrate their resiliency and contributions to our state;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 20-26, 2020, as Small Business Week in Michigan.