TRENTON – A Senate Joint Resolution sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal that would designate the month of May each year as “Small Business Month” in New Jersey was advanced from the Senate Commerce Committee today.
“Small businesses are what make the economy in New Jersey flow, and propel our state to an even brighter future,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth). “As a small business owner myself, I understand the day-to-day difficulties that these entrepreneurs can face. I am committed to supporting mom-and-pops not only in Monmouth County, but throughout the entire state.”
The resolution, SJR-27, aims to recognize the vital importance of small businesses in the State and local economies, and how their success strengthens community identity and pride.
The resolution would request the Governor to annually issue a proclamation calling upon public officials, private organizations, and all citizens and residents of this State to observe the month by patronizing small businesses, as well as engaging in appropriate activities and programs designed to support small businesses across the State.
New Jersey has over 800,000 small businesses, comprising more than 98 percent of all employers in the state. Small businesses also employ 1.7 million workers, making up more than 50 percent of the state’s workforce. They have a strong presence in New Jersey communities, and support a range of local services.
Senator Gopal plans to host a few small business roundtable discussions during the month of May to honor National Small Business Month. Business owners are also encouraged to visit www.ReportRedTape.com, Senator Gopal’s new small business initiative, to tell him about their business and submit written comments about the issues they have encountered. All submissions will be reviewed and feedback will be utilized to effect change within the small business community.
The resolution was released from committee by a vote of 4-0-1, and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.