McNulty Veteran Business Center honored by the Small Business Administration

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WATERVLIET – The McNulty Veteran Business Center has been honored as a National Resource Partner by the US Small Business Administration in recognition of its work with veterans.

The McNulty Center is a nonprofit host organization for the Veteran Business Outreach Center in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Veteran Business Outreach Center director Amy Amoroso said the award came as a “huge shock”, though she and her colleagues are “humbled and honored” by it.

The SBA awards this honor to organizations that have “provided critical support to small business owners facing the challenges of the pandemic,” a press release read.

The organization serves approximately 2,000 veterans, service members and military spouses each year, offering programs to help them start businesses as they transition from military careers to civilian life. During the pandemic, the center maintained its momentum by moving its programs online.

To date, the center’s clients have launched businesses in technology, hospitality, construction, and more. Some have even developed businesses beyond national borders.

Amoroso believes that the training and military skills of these individuals give them a “head start” in business.
“They’re used to a tight deadline,” she said.

The McNulty Center is small but “powerful” because it’s mission-driven, Amoroso finds.

“With a small team of three people, we put our heart and soul into it because it is a pleasure and an honor to serve those who have served our country,” she said.

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