Business Appreciation Month 2015


WHEREAS, Virginia businesses play a pivotal role in strengthening our Commonwealth by embracing job creation, innovative technologies, and employing a diverse workforce to preserve the economic well-being of all our citizens; and

WHEREAS, Virginia businesses provide nearly 3.1 million jobs to our citizens throughout the Commonwealth and offer a variety of services and products worldwide; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s businesses operate in diverse industries, including advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences, tourism, agribusiness and information technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is currently home to more than 35 Fortune 1,000 firms and more than 70 firms with annual revenues in excess of $500 million; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of our existing businesses; entrepreneurs; small, minority and women owned businesses; and the major employers that contribute greatly to the economic recovery of our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to offer the citizens of our Commonwealth a unique opportunity to recognize Virginia businesses for the essential role they play in driving the new Virginia economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as BUSINESS APPRECIATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.