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Support National Small Business Week



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Dear Colleague:


Please join us in honoring the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses in the United States by cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution recognizing the 55th anniversary of National Small Business Week, which begins on April 29,


The nearly 28,000,000 small businesses in the United States are a driving force behind the nation’s economy and economic recovery, creating 6 out of every 10 new jobs.  These small businesses represent 99.7 percent of employer firms in the United States
and generate close to 50 percent of the nation’s non-farm gross domestic product, while representing 98 percent of all exporters and producing 33 percent of exported goods.  Their owners and employees are the nation’s innovators, serving to advance technology
and productivity, and taking risks to achieve the American dream of owning a small business.  The efforts and achievements of these self-starters deserve our commendation for their work ethic and commitment to excellence in furthering the economic vitality
of the United States.


Please join us as a cosponsor of this bipartisan resolution to recognize the milestone achievements of small businesses and their importance to the nation’s economy.


For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Jacqueline Usyk with Rep. Tony Cárdenas at 5-6131 or





Tony Cárdenas

Member of Congress



Resolution Text:


Expressing support for the designation of the week of April 29, 2018, through May 5, 2018, as `National Small Business Week’ to honor the vital role of small business and the passion of entrepreneurs in the United States.

Whereas this year marks the 55th anniversary of `National Small Business Week’ and has been endorsed by every President since 1963;

Whereas approximately 27,900,000 small businesses in the United States, comprising the leading force behind the United States economy, create nearly 6 out of every 10 new jobs and generate close to 50 percent of the Nation’s nonfarm gross domestic product;

Whereas small firms account for 63 percent of the net new jobs created between 1993 and mid-2013, and 60 percent of the net new jobs created since the end of the recession;

Whereas 20,367,000 small businesses are non-employer sole proprietorship firms;

Whereas 3,700,000 veterans are small business owners and account for 13 percent of all United States businesses;

Whereas the share of total businesses owned by women continues to increase, currently including over 7,800,000 small businesses;

Whereas small businesses employ 64 percent of the country’s private sector workforce;

Whereas small businesses represent 43 percent of high-tech employment;

Whereas small businesses produce 16 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms;

Whereas small businesses represent 98 percent of all exporters and produce 33 percent of exported goods;

Whereas, on July 30, 1953, Congress created the Small Business Administration to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small businesses by working to preserve free and competitive enterprise, to ensure that a fair proportion of the total sales
of Government property are made to small businesses, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the United States;

Whereas for more than 50 years, the Small Business Administration has helped over 10,000,000 entrepreneurs reach the American dream of creating and maintaining a small business, and has played a key role in fostering local and national economic growth; and

Whereas the President has designated the week beginning on April 29, 2018, as `National Small Business Week’: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) honors the vital role of small business and entrepreneurs in the United States during `National Small Business Week’;

(2) supports the designation of `National Small Business Week’;

(3) recognizes the important role of the Small Business Administration as a valuable resource for the United States entrepreneur;

(4) supports and encourages young entrepreneurs to pursue their passions and create more start-up businesses;

(5) recognizes the importance of creating policies that promote a business friendly environment for small business owners free of unnecessary and burdensome regulations and red tape;

(6) recognizes the National Small Business Person of the Year and the National Lender of the Year; and

(7) supports efforts to–

(A) encourage consumers to shop locally; and

(B) increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses and the impact of locally owned small business on the economy of the United States.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Economy, Government, Small Business

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