Saluting Our Veteran Entrepreneurs | #MyVetBiz

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November 3, 2016

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News and updates brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI

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Week after week, America’s armed forces fight to guarantee the security of our nation. So when those soldiers come home, it’s our turn and to fight for them.

Our military has a proud tradition of producing focused, motivated leaders who can swiftly adapt to changing environments. These same traits are invaluable for launching and growing a business. In fact, veterans represent 1 in 10 business owners in America. Nearly 6 million of us are employed by a veteran or veteran-owned business, and those businesses are responsible for generating more than $1 trillion in sales every year. That’s trillion with a T.

     That’s why we offer dedicated resources specifically for veterans.  In the South Central Region, you'll find three Veterans Business Outreach Centers. For a complete list of centers around the country, click here.

New Mexico

5201 Eagle Rock Ave, NE Suite 2A, Albuquerque, NM 87113


701 S West Street, Arlington, TX 76019

1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539

     Over the past year SBA has guaranteed nearly $1 billion in loans to veterans. And we are striving to do even better by eliminating bank fees on loans up to $350,000 and cutting fees in half for larger loans.

     We honor our debt to America’s men and women in uniform, present and past, and the limitless potential they represent. SBA is dedicated to helping them make a better future for themselves, their families, and our country.

    For more information about NVSBW events visit or to learn more about tools available for veterans through the SBA visit

SBA Helps Veterans Succeed in Business

Arkansas District

SBA Contracting and Loan Programs Propel Vet Biz Way Forward

Retired U.S. Marine and Army National Guard Lt. Col. Johnny Dillard, who is service-disabled, and his son, Scott, started Central Research Inc. (CRI) in 1999, working part time from their kitchen tables. With hard work and a lot of luck, CRI has grown to a $15 million business in 2016. Read More>>

Johnny Dillard

Willie Jenkins

El Paso District

Unemployed Service Disabled Vet Uses SBA Training to Start Successful Business

Willie Jenkins Jr., owner of Freedom Janitorial Services, is a true example of the American dream. After serving active duty and reserve for 21 years in the U.S. Army...Read More>>

Houston District

Veteran-owned Business Continues to Grow with Help from SBDC

U.S. Marine veteran Brian Swindel started Troop Industrial in 2005 as a home-based business.  Today, his business is thriving as a supplier of bolts, gaskets, fasteners and fittings. Read More>>

Brian Swindel

South Central Region District Directors:

Arkansas  - Linda Nelson - (501) 324-7379 x225

Dallas/Fort Worth - Herbert Austin - (817) 684-5500

El Paso - Phillip Silva - (915) 834-4620 x620

Houston - Timothy Jeffcoat - 713-773-6518

Louisiana - Michael Ricks - 504-589-2744

Lower Rio Grande Valley - Angela Burton - 956-427-8533 x231

Lubbock West Texas - Calvin Davis  - 806-472-7462 x103

New Mexico - John Garcia - 505-248-8238

Oklahoma - Dorothy Overal – 405-609-8011

San Antonio - Anthony Ruiz - 210-403-5904

South Central Region - @SBASouthCentral


4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Suite 108

Fort Worth, TX 76155

Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez


Regional Communications Director Darla Booker 


Administrative Resources Coordinator Virginia Geary


Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez

South Central Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez

South Central Region States

SBA Extends Resources to Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

This year, to support current and future service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded three institutions and one business the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) grant. 

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