U.S. Small Business Administration Launches National Veterans’ Small Business Week 2022

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Mon, October 31, 2022 11:30 a.m.

Virtual and in-person events highlight agency’s efforts to support nearly 2 million veteran-owned small businesses nationwide

On Monday, administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the US Small Business Administrationannounced that the SBA will celebrate National Veterans’ Small Business Week (NVSBW) from October 31 to November 4, with a series of virtual and in-person events showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of veteran small business owners.

The SBA said, “Under the Biden-Harris administration, increasing support for our service members, veterans and their families has been a key priority. In October 2022, the SBA announced additional funding opportunities for community organizations to create targeted, impactful programs and expand access to SBA resources to support veteran entrepreneurs.

Guzman said, “Each year, we celebrate National Veterans’ Small Business Week to honor the nearly 2 million American veteran entrepreneurs who answered our nation’s call to serve and protect us, and are now making a difference every day to local communities and our nation’s economy. This week, and every week, the US Small Business Administration pledges to do its part to fulfill its responsibility to our veteran entrepreneurs by ensuring they can access the tools and resources they need to get started. , develop and build resilient enterprises.

Throughout the week, the SBA, resource partners and local organizations across the country will focus on highlighting various aspects of the entrepreneurial journey of seasoned small business owners, and supporting the agency to this essential community in hybrid, in-person and virtual formats. Topics include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, government contracts, disaster relief, and access to capital resources. Currently, there are over 100 virtual events that are free and open to the public. Visit sba.gov/nvsbw for the full program.

“Through National Veterans’ Small Business Week, the SBA is showing how veterans are applying skills and traits developed in the military — such as problem-solving, flexibility, and resilience — to their successful small businesses. “said Victoria Reynolds, assistant district manager of SBA Buffalo. Desk. “Our local events calendar will feature key topics of interest to veterans and military spouse owners, including government contracts, financing and business planning.”

For more information on National Veterans’ Small Business Week or to find events, visit sba.gov/nvsbw. Register for an event and join the conversation online using the #VetBiz hashtag.

The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) works through the SBA’s Resource Partner Network, which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers, and 22 VBOCs located in all the countries. VBOC is also a leading partner in hosting the “Boots to Business” and “Boots to Business Reboot” programs, which offer entrepreneurship courses on military installations and in local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2013, “Boots to Business” has trained and graduated more than 165,000 military personnel, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. For more information on resources available to veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.

Now in its ninth year, NVSBW raises awareness of veteran small business ownership and encourages communities to support their veteran and military-owned businesses. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/nvsbw.

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