WHEREAS, Virginia businesses play essential roles 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 more than 3 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 38 Fortune 1,000 firms and 69 firms with annual revenues of $500 million or more; and
WHEREAS, 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, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2018 as BUSINESS APPRECIATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.