Virtual and in-person events highlight the agency’s efforts to support the nation’s nearly two million veteran-owned small businesses
WASHINGTON DC, October 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzmanhead of US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Voice for America’s 33 Million Small Businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced that the SBA will celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 featuring a series of virtual and in-person events highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of our seasoned small business owners. Under the Biden-Harris administration, increasing support for our service members, veterans and their families has been a key priority. The SBA announced this in October 2022 further funding opportunities for community-based organizations to create targeted, impactful programs and expand access to SBA resources to support experienced entrepreneurs.
“Each year, we celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week to honor America’s nearly two million veteran entrepreneurs who have answered our nation’s call to serve us and protect us, and now every day, make a difference to local communities and the economy.” make a difference in our nation.” said Manager Guzman. “This week and each week, the US Small Business Administration commits to doing its part to fulfill our responsibility to our seasoned entrepreneurs by ensuring they have access to the tools and resources they need to build resilient businesses , to grow and build.”
Throughout the week, SBA, resource partners and local organizations across the country will focus on highlighting various aspects of the entrepreneurial journey for experienced small business owners and the agency’s support to this important community in hybrid, in-person and virtual formats. Topics include transitional assistance, entrepreneurship education, government procurement, disaster relief and access to capital resources. There are currently over 100 virtual events that are free and open to the public. Visit sba.gov/nvsbw for the busy schedule.
“National Veterans Small Business Week is a great time to recognize entrepreneurs from the military community,” said Terra Smith, owner of DocTerra Mobile Veterinary Services. “As a military spouse and business owner, the SBA has been very supportive, and my local Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) has been instrumental in growing my practice and helping me develop as an entrepreneur. This national week is an important reminder of the resources available to the military community to take their business to the next level.
“Through National Veterans Small Business Week, SBA showcases how veterans apply skills and qualities they developed in the military, such as problem solving, flexibility and resilience, to their successful small businesses.” said Mark L. Scott, director of the VBOC at Mississippi State University. “Our live ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinar series will cover key topics of interest to veteran and military spouse owners including Becoming Lender Ready, Social Media Planning and Government Contracting.”
For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week and events near you, visit sba.gov/nvsbw. Register for an event and join the online conversation with the hashtag #VetBiz.
About the Office of Veterans Business Development
The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) operates through the SBA’s extensive resource partner network, which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers and 22 VBOCs across the country. VBOCs are also the lead partner in delivering the Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot programs, which provide entrepreneurship courses in military installations and in local communities. Since the program began in 2013, Boots to Business has trained and graduated more than 165,000 service members, veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses. For more information on the resources available for seasoned entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.
About National Veterans Small Business Week
During National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), the US Small Business Administration celebrates, connects, and empowers service members (including the National Guard and Reserve), veterans and military spouses, entrepreneurs, and business owners—past, present, and future. Now in its ninth year, NVSBW is raising awareness of veterans’ small business ownership and encouraging communities to support their veterans and military businesses. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/nvsbw.
About the US Small Business Administration
The US Small Business Administration is helping to advance the American dream of business ownership. As the single point of contact and voice for small businesses, backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand, or diversify their business a statement to recover disaster. It offers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
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