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Proclamation

WHEREAS, the Town of Huntersville, North Carolina recognizes and values the dedication and entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses that keep the State and American economy growing stronger; and

WHEREAS, there are over 200,000 small businesses with employees in North Carolina alone, representing a majority of the total number of businesses with employees in the State; and

WHEREAS, the income of North Carolina’s small business owners totals over $20 billion, and these businesses employ 1.6 million North Carolinians or 49 percent of the State’s non-farm private workforce; and

WHEREAS, there are over 28,500 small businesses with employees in Mecklenburg County and over 69,000 sole proprietors, representing a majority of the total number of business in the County; and

WHEREAS, it is the collaborative mission of the town working in partnership with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation, Visit Lake Norman, the Small Business Administration, and other private sector organizations to help our businesses grow and create new jobs within the Lake Norman region by providing exemplary workforce training, financial assistance programs, research and technical assistance; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Huntersville appreciates the support provided to our small businesses by the Chamber of Commerce, Central Piedmont Community College, the N.C. Small Business Technology Development Center, SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business, access to resources and assistance with business licenses through the Department of Commerce Business Service Center, and other area business associations; and

WHEREAS, small businesses throughout North Carolina also receive assistance through the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), created through the ratification of the Small Business Act in 1953 with the mission to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by providing access to capital, counseling, training and contracting to entrepreneurs and small businesses and by assisting families and businesses recovering from natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, during the week of May 21 -25, 2012, the Small Business Administration and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce  is celebrating Small Business Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jill Swain, Mayor of the Town of Huntersville, do hereby proclaim May 21-25, 2012, as “Small Business Week” in Huntersville and urge all citizens to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements made by small business both locally and nationally.

Jill Swain, Mayor

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