A Mayoral Proclamation proclaiming November 29, 2014, as “Small Business Saturday” throughout the Historic City of Apalachicola, Florida and supporting efforts to increase awareness of the value of locally independent-owned small businesses:
WHEREAS, the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners and staff, celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; according to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 23 million small businesses in the United States, they represent more than 99 percent of American employer firms, create more than two-thirds of the net new jobs, and generate 46 percent of private gross domestic product; and
WHEREAS, small businesses employ over 55 percent of the working population in the United States; and
WHEREAS, 89 percent of consumers in the United States agree that small businesses contribute positively to the local community by supplying jobs and generating tax revenue; and
WHEREAS, 87 percent of consumers in the United States agree that small businesses are critical to the overall economic health of the United States; and
WHEREAS, 93 percent of consumers in the United States agree that it is important for people to support the small businesses that they value in their community; and
WHEREAS, the City of Apalachicola, Florida supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, advocacy groups as well as public and private organizations across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.
THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED THAT I, Van W. Johnson, Sr., Mayor of the Historic City of Apalachicola, Florida, by the power and authority vested in me by the City Charter and the laws of the State of Florida do here proclaim November 29, 2014, as:
"SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY"
AND encourage all residents of our community, and communities across the country, to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and the official seal of the City of Apalachicola, Florida this 31th day of October in the year of our Lord 2014.
Van W. Johnson, Sr., Mayor
The Historic City of Apalachicola
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