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May is Business Appreciation Month

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May as Business Appreciation Month in Virginia.

“Businesses of all sizes have navigated unprecedented challenges over the past year, and our administration has worked hard to provide them with the relief they need to emerge even stronger,” Northam said. “As we turn the corner and look ahead to a post-pandemic future, we will continue doing everything we can to welcome new businesses to our commonwealth, help existing businesses grow and ensure Virginia remains the best place in the country to do business.”

In 2020, Virginia allocated $120 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Rebuild VA economic recovery fund, which served small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Rebuild VA supported more than 3,000 small businesses and nonprofits, and 66% of grantees were woman-, minority- or veteran-owned businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of so many Virginia communities,” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball said. “With our talented workforce, competitive business climate and robust economic development pipeline, we are very optimistic about the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for businesses in every corner of our commonwealth.”

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 200 economic development projects have been announced across the commonwealth that are anticipated to create more than 17,000 new jobs and more than $10 billion in capital investment, representing strong momentum for economic development in Virginia. This month, Governor Northam, Secretary Ball and economic development officials traveled to Germany, Greece and Switzerland where they participated in more than a dozen foreign direct investment meetings and two business roundtables to discuss Virginia’s advantages with leaders of international companies.