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Release Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Release Number: 
LBB 01
Advisory Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

The accomplishments of Military Veteran small business owners will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) November 2-7, 2015.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Lubbock-West Texas District Office will host its Annual Veteran Small Business Week program in Lubbock, Texas on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the George Mahon Federal Building Courtyard located at 1205 Texas Avenue.  Public parking is located at the northwest corner of the building and is only accessible from Texas Avenue.

This event will feature Keynote Speaker, SBA Deputy District Director, Reynald Lops. Lops is a highly decorated and retired United States Air Force (USAF) Lieutenant Colonel, a former USAF Chief of Staff of Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) for the 27th Fighter Wing Cannon AFB, the Inspector General of Cannon AFB, and former Strategic Air Command Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Commander. Col. Lops will discuss his time in the service of our great country and he will speak about opportunities for Veterans and how the SBA can support Veteran entrepreneurs in their small business pursuits.

The twofold purpose of National Veterans Small Business Week is to applaud the success of veteran entrepreneurs, and to educate transitioning military, veterans and their spouses and partners about the SBA’s programs and services.  During the past year, SBA provided technical assistance to more than 200,000 veterans nationwide and ensured over $1 billion in capital for businesses owned by veterans and their spouses.

“The research clearly shows that military service provides a huge advantage that typically equates to a higher level of success for entrepreneurship.  For fiscal year 2015, October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, the SBA was responsible for issuing a total of over $81 million to small businesses in the Lubbock-West Texas District. I am encouraged that an increasing number of Veterans received a notable share of these funds. I am quite excited that we are producing more veteran-owned businesses through our enhanced Veteran Business Workshops, Boots-2-Business and Re-Boots to Business workshops.” SBA Lubbock-West Texas District Director, Calvin Davis.

Also present at the event will be SBA’s key partner, the Texas Tech Small Business Development Center (SBDC) personnel. The SBDC provides free one-on-one counseling to existing and potential entrepreneurs

To learn more about opportunities for veterans available through the SBA,  contact the Lubbock-West District Office at (806) 472-7462.