Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored During National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 3-7

Veterans “Shark Tank,”Global Boots to Business Training
Release Date: 
Monday, November 3, 2014
Release Number: 
14-65
Contact: 
National: Carol Chastang Local: Mark Gibson

Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored During National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 3-7

 Veterans “Shark Tank,”Global Boots to Business Training Among the Week’s Highlights

 WASHINGTON – The accomplishments of Veteran small business owners around the country will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) November 3-7.  

U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide will host more than 100 local events, including entrepreneurship training such as Boots to Business: Reboot classes, veteran access to capital workshops, and government contracting roundtables.

Veteran entrepreneurship workshops will also be held at U.S. military installations in Germany and Korea.  On Friday, Nov. 7, the ABC television network will host a special “Shark Tank” episode featuring veteran entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas. The episode airs at 9 p.m. EST.

“In a significant way, veteran small business owners continue to serve America in a big way by employing more than six million workers, running one of every 10 small companies and generating more than $1.2 trillion in receipts every year,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “National Veterans Small Business Week is a great opportunity to expand the ranks of veteran entrepreneurship.  We are proud of the men and women who continue to play such a critical role in the economic growth of our nation.”

In addition to the SBA’s district offices and resource partners, the White House, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are involved in supporting NVSBW events. Join the conversation about NVSBW via Facebook and Twitter, using the #MyVetBiz hashtag. SBA is encouraging veteran business owners to tell their stories, while engaging communities to share their appreciation for local veteran entrepreneurs.

Celebrate NVSBW in Georgia at the Veterans Resource Expo, Wednesday November 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Porter Sanford III Preforming Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA  30034.  For more information contact Jorge.Valentin-Stone@sba.gov or 404-331-0100, Ext 609.

Each year the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists start and grow their small businesses.  To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/vets.

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