Veal named Oklahoma District Office Deputy Director

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Larry Weatherford, 405-609-8012

Oklahoma City – John D. Veal, Jr. has been named Deputy District Director for the Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Veal returns to the Oklahoma office after serving as Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist for the Richmond District Office.

“We are excited to have John back in the Oklahoma Office,” Dottie Overal, SBA Oklahoma District Director said.  “John brings a wealth of knowledge with him and understands Oklahoma small businesses.”

Veal previously worked for the Oklahoma District Office as a Business Opportunity Specialist and Veterans Affairs Officer.

“I am excited to be back in Oklahoma and look forward to helping start and grow Oklahoma small businesses,” Veal said.  “Our District Office is committed to Oklahoma Small Business and I would encourage any small business, whether brand new or established, to find out what SBA has to offer.”

Prior to joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Veal served as the Defense Military Pay Officer at Fort Polk, Louisiana.  Veal was also a Business Coordinator with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC).  While with the OSBDC he received recognition from U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI and the Oklahoma District Office as the Veteran’s Small Business Champion of the Year.   

Veal holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University.  He has received the recognition of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).    Veal retired from the U.S. Army in 1995 at the rank of First Sergeant, having served for more than 23 years.

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the state such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000.