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As part of Business Appreciate Month Virginia acknowledged its existing business community and the pivotal role it plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and building the New Virginia Economy in a month-long celebration in May 2016.

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones recognized the accomplishments of our existing businesses; entrepreneurs; small, minority and women-owned businesses; and the major employers that contribute greatly to Virginia’s economic vitality and the well-being of our citizens. Caroline Taylor was one of the business owners that were recognized at the ceremony.

This year includes a showcase of Virginia’s business creation and entrepreneurial economy.

Also, Caroline received a letter from Senator Mark Warner congratulating her on being selected the Virginia Small Business Person of the Year. VIEW THE LETTER

Govenor McAuliffe Business Proclamation

Business Appreciation Month 2016

5/1/2016

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses play an essential role in strengthening our Commonwealth through their innovation, creation, and expansion; and

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses are the foundation of sustainable communities across the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses provide nearly 3.1 million jobs to our residents throughout the Commonwealth and offer a variety of products and services to customers around the globe; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s businesses operate in diverse sectors including cybersecurity, defense, advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences, tourism, agribusiness, and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is currently home to more than 35 Fortune 1,000 firms and 70 firms with annual revenues in excess of $500 million, and ninety-seven percent of Virginia companies are small businesses; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth recognizes the accomplishments of Virginia’s entrepreneurs, small and medium size businesses, and major employers that contribute greatly to building and sustaining a new Virginia economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2016 as BUSINESS APPRECIATION MONTH in ourCOMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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