A Proclamation on Small Business Week, 2021

The American entrepreneurial spirit is a defining quality of our Nation which time and again has lifted us to new heights and carried us through our greatest challenges.  Small businesses are not only the engines of our economic progress — they are the heart and soul of our communities.  During National Small Business Week, we celebrate our Nation’s small businesses — the pillars of their neighborhoods

When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck last year, it posed a historic challenge to America’s small businesses.  From coast to coast, in big cities, small towns, rural enclaves, and Tribal communities, small business owners and workers demonstrated remarkable courage and resilience, adapting to sudden changes in our way of life and stepping up to serve their communities.  Across the country, small businesses extended helping hands to their neighbors during the pandemic’s darkest hours, all while entrepreneurs and employees…

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