ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Since 1963, a U.S. president has declared one week out of the year as National Small Business Week.
This year, President Obama declared May 1-7, 2016, as the week that celebrates smaller entrepreneurs within the United States.
In his proclamation, President Obama mentioned a number of ways in which his administration has stayed committed to small businesses.
President Obama said that he enacted 18 tax cuts for smaller businesses and ensured more government contracts were given to small business owners who were women.
The president also recognized the creation of more online tools to help those looking to start a small business.
"Nationally, about 90% of businesses are small businesses and small. We're not talking about 500 [employees] or less, we are talking very small. And they really support the community and they give it its soul and feeling," says interim president and CEO for the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Barbara Rivera-Holmes.
The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to support area small businesses.
On Monday, the chamber recognized Attorney L. Clayton Smith. His firm was recognized as having the Star Business of the Week, an honor that rotates among Albany Area Chamber Members in good standing.
On Tuesday, small business leaders will come together to learn how to protect their businesses online through a lunch and learn. The lunch will take place at 11: 30 a.m. at the Albany Museum of Art.
The highlight of the week takes place on Thursday with a "Cinco de Mayo" themed reception.
The event will take place at Chehaw's Education Center and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with margaritas, music, and fiesta-styled foods.
During the reception, the chamber will award its pick for Small Business of the Year.
"We really get to hear the stories of the finalists and what their businesses do and how they support our community," Rivera-Holmes mentions.
For more information on the events hosted by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, click here.