Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
A Proclamation 
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas Small businesses, numbering in the millions, serve as the backbone of the American economy; and

Whereas These same businesses are important drivers of innovation, moving their industries forward; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to over six hundred thousand small businesses, providing jobs for its citizens; and

Whereas The value of these small businesses is felt in the cities and towns in all regions of the state; and

Whereas Small businesses play a vital part in improving their neighborhoods by creating jobs for workers, supporting local charitable causes, and assisting fellow business owners; and

Whereas The month of May has historically been an important time for the people of the Commonwealth to recognize the vital contributions of small businesses to their communities and the economy,

Now, Therefore I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2017, to be:


And urge all citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this First Day of May, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United State of America, the two hundred and forty-first.


By His Excellency               

Charles D. Baker 
Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito 
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts