A Proclamation on Small Business Week, 2021

The American entrepreneurial spirit is a defining high quality of our Nation which time and once again has lifted us to new heights and carried us as a result of our greatest difficulties.  Small firms are not only the engines of our economic development — they are the coronary heart and soul of our communities.  All through National Little Organization Week, we rejoice our Nation’s little corporations — the pillars of their neighborhoods

When the COVID-19 pandemic initially struck past calendar year, it posed a historic challenge to America’s small enterprises.  From coastline to coastline, in massive cities, smaller towns, rural enclaves, and Tribal communities, compact enterprise owners and personnel shown remarkable courage and resilience, adapting to unexpected improvements in our way of existence and stepping up to provide their communities.  Across the region, small firms prolonged aiding arms to their neighbors all through the pandemic’s darkest hrs, all even though entrepreneurs and personnel worked tirelessly all over the clock to maintain their enterprises afloat, make payroll, and make certain the safety of their groups and customers. 

Even with the dedication of our Nation’s modest company entrepreneurs and their workforce, the pandemic hit them challenging.  All through 2020, vacant storefronts and goodbye indications hanging in home windows could be found on Principal Streets across the state.  The pizza position that your children beloved best.  The components retail outlet that usually experienced the device you essential.  The barber store that sponsored the area Minor League group — and experienced the very first greenback monthly bill it at any time gained continue to framed on the wall.  The pandemic exacted an incalculable toll not only on life and livelihoods, but on considerably too lots of little company desires and loved ones legacies.

To make certain that these group pillars have a battling likelihood to reopen and continue to be open, my Administration is offering the loans and guidance that our Nation’s a lot more than 30 million tiny corporations and innovative startups want.  The American Rescue Program sent billions of pounds in economic aid to hundreds of thousands of modest companies — including plans targeted to the most difficult-strike industries these kinds of as places to eat and executing arts venues.  We revamped the Paycheck Protection Plan to reach our smallest firms, with additional than 95 percent of the nearly $300 billion in financial loans built during my Administration supporting tiny enterprises with a lot less than 20 workforce, achieving a higher share of organizations in rural and low- or average-earnings communities than in the previous two rounds of the plan.  Through our Restaurant Revitalization Fund, we delivered an important lifeline to more than 100,000 firms throughout the nation, providing $28.6 billion in direct assist.  Past 7 days, my Administration commenced accepting applications for an improved COVID-19 Financial Harm Disaster Loan method, which will set additional than $150 billion in funding to work giving extensive-term, reduced-fascination loans that smaller businesses can use to retain personnel, make hire, and spend down far more pricey financial debt.  In the American Rescue Program, we recognized the Group Navigator Pilot software to develop a network of dependable businesses, nearby governments, and group champions to enable underserved tiny organizations navigate methods at all phases of their growth.

We have also entirely vaccinated additional than 64 p.c of adult Us citizens, so that far more small corporations can reopen their doors and welcome again their prospects.  My Administration produced a tax credit score to assist compact businesses — which use just about 50 % of America’s non-public workforce — give their employees paid out time off to get vaccinated and recover.  

My Administration is also dedicated to nurturing little firms that have faced historic barriers in rural and city America, such as organizations owned by veterans, gals, and individuals of shade — particularly Black, Latino, and Asian American companies.  These entrepreneurs go on to confront persistent obstacles to the capital, marketplaces, and networks they will need to start out and develop their firms, and a lot of were being remaining out of early rounds of aid in the earlier days of the pandemic.

To support assure that small businesses in each and every community reward from the Develop Back Improved agenda’s landmark investments in our infrastructure, we are strengthening our contracting courses for underserved little companies.  As portion of this effort and hard work, I introduced a Authorities-wide purpose to improve Federal contracting with little, disadvantaged companies by 50 percent, translating into an supplemental $100 billion around 5 years.  By ensuring that much more disadvantaged modest companies can compete for and earn Federal contracts, we can strengthen job alternatives and financial prosperity in each and every corner of America.

Our Nation’s modest enterprises outline our communities, generate innovation, and produce the solutions and companies that enrich our life and resolve world wide challenges to establish a greater and a lot more sustainable earth.  By harnessing the electrical power of our tiny business enterprise overall economy and equipping our business owners with the resources and methods they want to innovate, adapt, and grow, our economic system will continue to build back again much better than at any time before.  America’s little corporations are up to the task.

NOW, For that reason, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of The united states, by advantage of the authority vested in me by the Structure and the legislation of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 12 to September 18 as Nationwide Small Company 7 days.  I connect with upon all Americans to acknowledge the contributions of small businesses to the American economy, continue on supporting them, and honor the celebration with programs and activities that emphasize these critical organizations. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto established my hand this
tenth working day of September, in the yr of our Lord two thousand twenty-a person, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

                              JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.