Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas Every year our country sets aside a week to honor the 27.9 million Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit personifies the American Dream; and

Whereas America’s small businesses reflect the principles that make our country great: vision, responsibility, innovation, dedication and hard work; and

Whereas Small Business Week honors the innovation that drives the Massachusetts economy; and

Whereas The Commonwealth seeks to increase the competitiveness of our small businesses by investing in education, innovation and infrastructure and by streamlining state regulations to  reduce extra burdens on small businesses, helping them to continue to thrive and create jobs; and

Whereas Around our Commonwealth, small businesses have proven to be responsible corporate citizens and friend to their community; and

Whereas We take this week to recognize the small business owners for their contributions to our communities, economy and Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 17-23, 2013, to be


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

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of June, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts