May 2-8, 2021: Small Business Week

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


WHEREAS, for every $100 spent at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy, allowing both business and job growth; 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, small businesses face extraordinary challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but when people shop small, we can help instill a habit of supporting small businesses all year round; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we should support small businesses and entrepreneurs and celebrate their resiliency and contributions to our state;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2-8, 2021 as Small Business Week in Michigan.