Today: Veterans Small Business Week Kicks Off

Pacific Northwest Region - Nov. 5, 2018

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National Veterans Small Business Week Starts Today

Support and Honor Our Region's Veteran-Owned Small Businesses 

SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field

By Jeremy Field
SBA Regional Administrator, Pacific Northwest

One of the first introductions I had to the entrepreneurial education provided by the SBA was attending a Boots to Business Reboot training, a free two-day course for veterans who want to start a business.

As I was talking with different participants and listening to their conversations with each other, I was struck by the incredible connection and support within the veteran community.

If you have worked with veteran organizations, you know what I’m talking about. This was the first time the veterans in the room had met each other, yet there was an instant trust, understanding and comradery among the group.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all supported our veterans the same way they support each other?

The Impact of Veteran-Owned Small Business

Nearly one in 10 small businesses are owned by a veteran. And, veteran-owned small businesses employ 5 million workers and generate $1.1 trillion in receipts. Clearly, the dedication veterans commit to military service continues into business ownership.

Local Stories of Service and Success

Winspear Construction

Take for example Jordan and Kristin Winspear of Winspear Construction, LLC in Boise, Idaho. Winspear Construction is a certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business built with a team passionate about all aspects of construction.

By using small business certifications, Winspear Construction was awarded a large construction project at the VA Hospital in Boise, something the couple says is a “dream” for a veteran-owned business.

Darbonnier Tactical Supply

Or Brittni Darbonnier and her husband Shawn Kurtz of Darbonnier Tactical Supply in Oak Harbor, Washington. While transitioning out of the military in 2013, Darbonnier and Kurtz realized there was a local need for a tactical supply company. Using Kurtz’s prior experience in tactical supply sales, they started Darbonnier Tactical Supply (DTS).

Wanting to grow their business with federal contracts, they entered the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program designed to help small businesses grow with government contracting. DTS quadrupled their sales from the end of 2016 to the end of 2017, and grew from two employees to six. They now work with more than 85 military bases and federal agencies throughout the world.

Veteran Entrepreneurs Are a Top Priority 

Making the American dream of business ownership a reality for our country’s veterans is a top priority for the SBA and the Trump Administration.

In fact, the President showed his dedication to small businesses and veterans with a donation of his second-quarter salary to the SBA in October. This donation will go toward helping our nation’s veterans transition from military service to entrepreneurs, specifically to assist the SBA with creating a seven-month intensive entrepreneur training program for veterans.

When service members transition from military to civilian life, the SBA is ready and honored to serve our veterans during every lifecycle of their small business journey.

 

5 Ways to Take Part in National Veterans Small Business Week

  1. Attend a local National Veterans Small Business Week event near you
  2. Share your story on social media using the hashtags #VetBiz or #MyVetBiz
  3. Read SBA Administrator Linda McMahon's blog 
  4. Access resources for veteran-owned small businesses
  5. Connect with the local Veterans Business Outreach Center
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