COLONIA, YAP FSM, April 28.  Governor Tony Ganngiyan of Yap FSM issued a proclamation today declaring April 30 – May 6, 2017 Yap Small Business Week.

“We ask all Yapese to recognize the contributions our small businesses make to our State and to encourage others to start their own new businesses,” Governor Ganngiyan states in the proclamation. “The economic future of Yap State resides in our small businesses. It is through them that we create jobs and secure our financial future.”

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The Yap Small Business Development Center and Yap Chamber of Commerce are working together to launch this annual event that will honor the many small businesses throughout Yap and the businesses and organizations that support them. Honorees during this first year are the financial institutions that assist the island’s small businesses as they grow: Bank of Guam, FSM Development Bank, FSM Bank and PIDB. Interviews with representatives of the honorees will be aired on FSM Radio during the week and a reception will be held to present each with a certificate honoring their support.

Governor Ganngiyan also notes in his proclamation, “It is small business that teaches and shares knowledge. It is small business that supports families and helps keep our local talent here in Yap. During Yap Small Business Week we recognize the vital role small business has in our future, but also acknowledge the support and assistance current and future businesses need to succeed and thrive.”

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The Yap Chamber of Commerce (www.ycc.fm) protects and promotes the business interests of all the private sector by providing business bulletins and information, and taking their business concerns to the state government or national government for proper disposition.

The Small Business Development Center (www.pacificsbdc.com), a subsidiary of the Pacific Island Small Business Development Center Network, supports the growth and economic development of Yap by providing high quality training and one-on-one confidential counseling to existing and prospective small businesses.

The Pacific Islands SBDC Network is funded in part through a co-operative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.  Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with enough advance notice.  For arrangements, please contact Helen Tinan, P.O. Box 1171 Colonia, Yap, Tel: (691)350-4801, or Email: helen@pacificsbdc.com. Services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. [/restrict]