[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2016)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 73013-73014]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25739]

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Vol. 81


No. 204

October 21, 2016

Part IV

The President


Proclamation 9526--Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2016

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                Proclamation 9526 of October 18, 2016

Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Since our earliest days, entrepreneurship has embodied 
                the very promise of our Nation, reaffirming the notion 
                that in a place of such limitless potential, Americans 
                can forge a prosperous future and build a better life 
                for themselves and their families. Women and men of 
                every faith, background, and race have channeled their 
                talents and ingenuity into harnessing the spirit of 
                innovation that has long been the hallmark of our 
                people. And as an essential part of our country's 
                story, minority-owned enterprises have helped spur this 
                progress. During Minority Enterprise Development Week, 
                we reflect on the significant ways they have helped put 
                our economy on the path to success, and we recommit to 
                empowering every hardworking American to write our next 
                great chapters.

                Minority-owned firms employ millions of workers and 
                generate more than $1 trillion in economic output, 
                revitalizing our communities and driving our growth. 
                That is why my Administration is helping entrepreneurs 
                of all backgrounds and small businesses across our 
                country get the resources they need to get off the 
                ground. Through the Minority Business Development 
                Agency, we have led efforts to promote growth and 
                competitiveness. We are helping streamline the process 
                of starting a company and investing in entrepreneurship 
                training and skill building for more Americans. Through 
                www.Business.USA.gov, we are helping more enterprises 
                get information about Federal contracts, and we are 
                connecting them to critical resources to help develop 
                and grow a business. In today's global economy, 
                minority-owned businesses are essential to our 
                country's success. They are twice as likely as other 
                businesses to export their goods and services, and I am 
                working to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation 
                through a smart trade agenda that will allow us to sell 
                more goods, boost economic competitiveness, and help 
                more of our entrepreneurs thrive.

                Our Nation has always drawn strength from the diversity 
                of our people, and no matter who you are, what you look 
                like, or where you come from, America is a place where 
                everyone deserves a chance to get ahead. This week, we 
                must continue working to support minority enterprises 
                and all entrepreneurs--and ensure that by expanding 
                access to the networks, capital, and opportunities 
                required to build a business, everybody can have a fair 
                shot at reaching their piece of the American dream.

                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 October 23 through 
                October 29, 2016, as Minority Enterprise Development 
                Week. I call upon all Americans to celebrate this week 
                with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities 
                to recognize the many contributions of our Nation's 
                minority enterprises.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                eighteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
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