WHEREAS, veterans own nearly one out of ten of all U.S. companies, employing over five million people and issuing nearly $200 billion in paychecks each year. From Main Street store fronts to virtual high-tech startups that advance America, veteran-owned small businesses are a pillar of our economy and contribute to the success of our nation; and
WHEREAS, influenced by their military service, veteran small business owners are resilient, disciplined, mission-oriented, and committed to serving our country and its citizens; and
WHEREAS, we must empower and support the veteran entrepreneurs in our communities, honoring their impact on our economy; and
WHEREAS, National Veterans Small Business Week highlights the programs and services available to veteran entrepreneurs through the United States Small Business Administration and resource partners; and
WHEREAS, Alaska joins in this national effort to support veteran business owners and their families, and to encourage people to purchase goods and services from these hard-working men and women.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 30 – November 3, 2023 as:
Veterans Small Business Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to learn more about Alaska’s Veteran entrepreneurs and how we can help them continue on their path to success.
Dated: October 30, 2023