SBA Administrator appoints Naperville business owner to advisory committee on Veterans Business Affairs

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON –  SBA Administrator Linda McMahon has named Charles Lynn Lowder, president of Naperville-based Lowder Counsulting, to a three-year term on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

The Committee serves as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the SBA Administrator, the Associate Administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development, Congress, the President and other U.S. policy makers under Section 203 of the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999. The Committee was established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Lowder, a former general counsel for Mail Boxes, Etc, also served as chief operating officer for Colt Firearms and Everest LLC. Lowder is a founder and chief executive officer of 1 Vet At A Time, a 501c3 (pending) organization based in Naperville advocating veteran business ownership.  He served as an enlisted Marine and later as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in South Vietnam, where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “v,” and the Purple Heart.

Elizabeth O’Brien, the director of the Military Spouse Program at Hiring Our Heroes and a U.S. Army Veteran living in Springfield, Virginia, and Jim O’Farrell, the president and chief operating officer of Advanced Management Strategies Group, Inc., a service-disabled-veteran-owned small business in Dumfries, Virginia, were also appointed.

The Veterans Advisory Committees meet quarterly in Washington, D.C, and are open to the public. The Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs committee meetings will be held March 7 and 8, at SBA headquarters, 409 3rd Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20416. 

The Committees’ annual reports and past meeting minutes can be viewed at


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