Military veterans put their lives in danger to protect their country.
And when they retire from active duty, many American veterinarians decide to take another big risk. They go into business for themselves. In fact, there are 2.5 million small businesses owned by veterans across the country.
This week, from October 30 to November 3, the US Small Business Administration celebrates the business spirit of veterans with National Small Business Week for Veterans.
2017 National Small Business Week for Veterans
The SBA has a comprehensive list of activities planned to honor veterans and their contribution to the US economy.
"Veteran-owned businesses are a vital pillar of the US economy since they contribute more than $ 1.14 trillion to the nation's total annual sales and revenue," says Linda. McMahon, Director of the SBA.
"Through entrepreneurship and corporate ownership, these veterans continue their service by contributing not only to the economy, but also by creating economic opportunities for other Americans. The moments that count for seasoned entrepreneurs are important to us too, and SBA is proud to celebrate, honor and support them. "
According to the SBA website, there are nationally planned events for military veterans to be honored for the continued contribution to the country they serve. In addition, resources will be available from local communities, SBA partners and SBA regional offices for military veterans. At any of these events, military veterans can obtain information on starting a business or maintaining a business.
"Since the official opening of a business to the achievement of an income goal, there are so many moments that count in the entrepreneurial journey of one." veteran, "says Barb Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Veterans Commercial Development Office.
"This year's NVSBW is such an exciting opportunity for SBA to celebrate these important moments while highlighting how SBA is here to support every incredible journey," added Carson.
In addition to the usual festivities and events this week, the SBA is holding two special seminars in Houston and Miami to help small, veteran businesses affected by this year's major hurricanes gain access to the assistance they are seeking. need.
On November 2nd, the SBA will host a Twitter chat using the hashtag #MyVetBiz. The chat will be titled "Business Tips for Veteran Contractors" and it starts at 3pm. EDT.