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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


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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