Whereas, the small business sector contributes significantly to the framework of the United States economy and, in Buckhannon, small businesses (having 100 or fewer employees) comprise 98 percent of all businesses and employ more than half of the City’s private sector workforce; and
Whereas, the owners and operators of small businesses foster economic growth through the creation of jobs and the production of goods and services for people across State of West Virginia and around the globe; these businesses also represent a base of manufacturing and exporting for U.S. products and services; and
Whereas, working toward a new era of progress and competitiveness through investments in small businesses, Buckhannon supports these businesses as a critical component of restoring and rebuilding a healthy economy, as the perseverance, hard work, and resourcefulness of small business owners form the foundation of our prosperity and success; and
Whereas, during these economically-challenging times, small businesses are critical to our nation’s recovery and growth as a significant source of revenue and new private sector jobs and, historically, small businesses create the vast majority of net new jobs coming out of a recession, often hiring when larger companies are continuing to downsize; and
Whereas, with the 2019 Holiday shopping season upon us, the period from Black Friday to Cyber Monday is one of the busiest times of the year for retailers, and Saturday, November 30, 2019 is being observed across the country as “Small Business Saturday,” celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners, and highlighting the resourcefulness, ingenuity, and innovativeness of these individuals who are a key force in driving the economy of our state and nation; and
Whereas, Buckhannon’s small business owners have realized success through their vision, hard work, and commitment to operating a business daily, and their efforts are critical to building a better Buckhannon today and in the future and, therefore, it is fitting that we join in this initiative and show support for small business owners, recognizing their valuable role and contributions to our economy and our lives;
Now, Therefore, I, David McCauley, Mayor of the City of Buckhannon, do hereby recognize November 30, 2019 as SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY in the City of Buckhannon and encourage the continued support and development of our small business sector.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the City of Buckhannon, this 18th day of November in the year two thousand nineteen.
David W. McCauley, Mayor
City of Buckhannon