Vancouver, Wash. -- On May 2, Vancouver City Council proclaimed May 2016 Small Business Month. The designation coincides with National Small Business Week on May 1 -- 7. Both designations emphasize the important contributions small business owners and entrepreneurs make to their community and economy.
"The City of Vancouver takes this opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners, and recognizes that Small Business Month is a time for us to celebrate the successes of small business and to thank our small business owners for their contributions to our city, our economy and our nation," said Mayor Tim Leavitt.
Small businesses are core to Vancouver's economy, making up 95 percent of all businesses in the city. From brew pubs, to restaurants, to retail shops, the City of Vancouver offers assistance to all of its small businesses through its Community and Economic Development Department.
The proclamation expands upon Vancouver's ongoing commitment to a thriving small business community. In February, Vancouver became the first city in its region to join the Startup in a Day Initiative. This initiative has committed the city to providing resources to allow entrepreneurs to identify and apply for all requirements to launch a business in the city in 24 hours or less.
Throughout the month of May, the City and its partners will host more than 25 training and networking events to celebrate the important contributions that small businesses make to the community. Visit www.vancouverbusinessresource.org/smallbusinessmonth for a full calendar of events.
Vancouver Small Business Month is a collaborative effort presented by the City of Vancouver and the following partners: Albina Opportunities Corporation, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Innovation Partnership Zone, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, SCORE Vancouver, Share Vancouver, United States Small Business Administration, Washington State University Business MAP, Webfor and Women Entrepreneurs Organization.