It's time to celebrate veteran small business owners

Small Business Week
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By Connecting Vets

The presidential election isn’t the only big thing happening this week. It’s also National Veterans Small Business Week.

Beginning Monday, the Small Business Administration will celebrate, empower and connect veterans, service members, including National Guard and Reserve, military spouse entrepreneurs, and business owners – past, present, and future – according to a VA blog post.

The SBA annually helps thousands of veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses start and grow their small businesses through its Office of Veterans Business Development.

National Veterans Small Business Week is in its seventh year. It aims is to raise awareness of veteran small business ownership and encourage communities to support their local veteran and military-owned small businesses.

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The focus of this year’s National Veterans Small Business Week campaign is “#VetBiz Resources in Your Local Community.”

Each day of the week features a different theme related to the local resources available for veterans, no matter where they are in their small business journey.

 On Nov. 2, the SBA and local Veterans Business Outreach Centers will highlight local resources available for those interested in transitioning from service to startup.

On Nov. 3, the focus shifts to the nationwide SBA-funded entrepreneurial training programs accessible to women, service-disabled, and procurement ready veterans and military spouses.

Nov. 4 is all about government contracting tips to help veteran-owned small businesses succeed in the federal marketplace. Register here.

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Nov. 5 will cover disaster recovery, with discussions on financial resources and business continuity guidelines. A webinar with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to share best practices for rebuilding after a disaster and tips for pivoting during the pandemic. Join the live event here.

Nov. 6 is dedicated to sharing information to help veteran entrepreneurs to become lender ready, connect with local financial institutions, and acquire capital to fund a new or existing business. Sign up here for a webinar.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com
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