The Small Business Administration is hosting a free small business event for Veterans from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Center for Women & Enterprise, 431 Pine St. Suite 101, in Burlington, Vt.
With more than 21 million veterans in America and more than 250,000 service members transitioning from the military annually, the SBA is focused on ensuring they have access to the capital, business counseling, and contracting assistance needed to start and grow successful businesses.
Each year, along with the Veteran Business Outreach Center and Center for Women & Enterprise, the SBA highlights Veteran entrepreneurship during National Veterans Small Business Week.
Registration and networking is at 8:30 a.m. EST.
The first workshop, Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?, begins at 9 a.m. and covers the common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs as well as identifying the risks and rewards of self-employment.
Congressman Peter Welch addresses the audience at 10 a.m. to explain about the various federal benefits, resources and services available to Veterans and their family members.
Financing a Veteran-Owned Business workshop is at 10:30 a.m. It features a panel of lenders to discuss the various loan programs and opportunities available to assist Veteran small business owners.
Doing Business With the Government workshop is at 11:30 a.m. and includes a presentation and Q&A with government procurement specialists to discuss contracting opportunities for veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses.
Lunch is provided at 12:30 p.m. followed by one-on-one small business counseling.
Financing A Business Webinar Sept. 12
Learn how an SBA loan can benefit your business including lender requirements for loan approval during a free virtual loan clinic webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. EST Sept. 12. A second virtual loan clinic will be held from noon to 1 p.m. EST.
Participants are encouraged to access the webinar five minutes prior to the start time.
To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-844-9904, when prompted enter the access code of 7013799.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an Emergency Plan Today
An estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Protect your small business by identifying the risks relevant to your location, both natural and man-made. Then, keep your plan of action updated.
Preserve your equipment and business records by referencing this IRS guide on protecting your information before an emergency strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also offers an emergency preparedness checklist and toolkit.