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Stockton Small Business Week ~ May 12-17, 2014
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Tuesday May 6th, 2014 10:17 AM
Join us for the kick-off of Stockton Small Business Week ~ May 12-17, 2014 Together, we expand the 2014 National Small Business Week celebration of the many contributions by small businesses and entrepreneurs, here in the heart of the California Central Valley. Stockton, California is poised to attract new start-up businesses, while retaining and expanding existing businesses. Federal Reserve Chair, Dr. Janet Yellen will speak in Washington DC and share the "good news" for ways to expand opportunity for small business throughout America, Stockton is ready for business...
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2014 Stockton Small Business Week is a growing partnership that honors and supports small businesses through a series of educational and networking events that inspire, educate and connect the business community throughout the California Central Valley.

Together, we expand the 2014 National Small Business Week celebration of the many contributions by small businesses and entrepreneurs, here in the heart of the California Central Valley. Stockton, California is poised to attract new start-up businesses, while retaining and expanding existing businesses.

2014 Stockton Small Business Week is attracting a broad based community of partnership, building upon the strength of the Small Business Administration, under the new leadership of Administrator, Maria Contreas Sweet. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be the featured speaker during a Thursday, May 15 evening reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. as part of the National Small Business Week hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Joe McClure, SBA District Director, will join us Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:30 am, for our kick-off celebration of the 2014 Stockton Small Business Week at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Amphitheater, McCloud Park, on the Stockton Waterfront.

Join us for the kick-off of an amazing week celebrating job creation, career advancement and community economic development in the heart of the California Central Valley.
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Stockton is poised to exit bankruptcy in a good way. Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, shared, "Small businesses are the backbone of our City's vitality. In developing the strategic plan of our Economic Development, concentration on the small business owner must remain as the primary focus." At our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Amphitheater in McLeod Lake Park on the Downtown Stockton Waterfront we share an exciting new way forward, healing what is hurting our communities. Together, we will build upon an amazing legacy, our American Entrepreneurial Spirit, together we will prosper in a good way...

Presidential Proclamation -- National Small Business Week, 2014

NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Small businesses represent an ideal at the heart of our Nation's promise -- that with ingenuity and hard work, anyone can build a better life. They are also the lifeblood of our economy, employing half of our country's workforce and creating nearly two out of every three new American jobs. During National Small Business Week, we renew our commitment to helping these vital enterprises thrive.

From day one, my Administration has been focused on cultivating an environment where small businesses can succeed. During my first term, we added 18 direct tax breaks for small businesses, including new tax credits for hiring unemployed workers and veterans and for investing in new equipment. Through the Small Business Administration (SBA), we have supported hundreds of thousands of loans. And to ensure small businesses have a voice in economic decisions, I elevated the Small Business Administrator to a Cabinet level position.

My Administration is also working to ease burdens on businesses. We cut in half the time it takes for the Federal Government to pay small business contractors, freeing up more resources for growth. To provide a boost to the smallest new businesses, we have eliminated SBA fees on loans under 150,000 dollars and waived fees for veterans who take out loans under 350,000 dollars. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it is now easier for small business owners to purchase quality health insurance, and they are now eligible for tax credits that cover up to half of the cost of providing coverage for their employees. And we continue to implement patent reforms that are reducing the application backlog, protecting American intellectual property abroad, and helping entrepreneurs roll out their inventions sooner.

Yet we have more work to do. In the years to come, we must protect tax credits that help small businesses hire and add incentives for paying workers higher wages. We must ensure entrepreneurs -- even those who are not rich -- have the resources to take their businesses to the next level. Because if we create a more level playing field, the best ideas will rise to the top, opportunity will flourish, and America will prosper.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 12 through May 16, 2014, as National Small Business Week. I call upon all Americans to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the competitiveness of the American economy with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA