Washington DC, Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzmanhead of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice of America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced that the SBA would celebrate National Veterans’ Small Business Week (NVSBW) October 31-November 4, with a series of virtual and in-person events highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of our veteran small business owners. Under the Biden-Harris administration, increasing support for our military, 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.
“Each year, we celebrate National Veterans’ Small Business Week to honor the nearly two million American veteran entrepreneurs who answered our nation’s call to serve and protect us and who now make a difference every day to local communities and the economy of our nation”, said Administrator Guzman. “This week, and every week, the US Small Business Administration is pledging to do its part to fulfill its responsibility to our veteran entrepreneurs by ensuring they can access the tools and resources they need to start, grow and build resilient businesses.”
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.
“National Veterans’ Small Business Week is the perfect time to recognize entrepreneurs in 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 of me, and my local Veterans Affairs Awareness Center (VBOC) has been instrumental in growing my practice and helping me to develop myself as an entrepreneur. This national week is an important reminder of the resources available to the military community that can help take their business to the next level.
“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 Mark L. Scott, director of VBOC at Mississippi State University. “Our ‘Lunch and Learn’ live webinar series will feature key topics of interest to owners of veterans and military spouses, including lender readiness, social media planning and government contracts.”
For more information on National Veterans’ Small Business Week and to find events in your area, visit sba.gov/nvsbw. Register for an event and join the online conversation using the hashtag #VetBiz.
About the Office of Veterans Affairs Development
The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) works through the SBA’s extensive network of resource partners, which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers and 22 VBOCs located throughout the country. VBOCs are also the premier 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.
About National Veterans’ Small Business Week
The U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates, connects, and empowers service members (including National Guard and Reserve), veterans, and military spouses entrepreneurs and business owners — past, present, and future — during National Small Business Week Veterans Affairs (NVSBW). 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.
About the United States Small Business Administration
The United States Small Business Administration helps fuel the American dream of business ownership. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.