Join SBA New England in Celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week

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New England Regional Office  - October 29, 2021

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National Veterans Small Business Week 2021
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Amy K. Bassett

Acting Regional Administrator

New England Regional Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

November 1-5, 2021, is National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW).  During NVSBW, SBA and its extensive partner network will celebrate the strength and resiliency of the veteran business community by hosting events across the country and sharing information about the resources available to veteran entrepreneurs.

Here are a couple of interesting facts:

  • There are over 1.76 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States. Of this total, more than 337,934 were employers, and 1.42 million were non-employers.
  • These businesses employ nearly four million people.
  • Veteran-owned businesses generate approximately $1 trillion dollars in sales/receipts annually.
  • Across New England there are 81,293 veteran-owned businesses,20,693 were employers, and 60,600 were non-employers.

It’s not that surprising that there are so many veteran-owned businesses across New England and the country. Service members, veterans, and military spouses make great entrepreneurs. The resilience, determination, and fortitude they have acquired through their service in the military has prepared them for life as successful small business owners.

Our veterans don't have to enter their mission of entrepreneurship alone.  The SBA is here to help. Through the SBA, the military community has a partner to support them at all stages of small business ownership. No matter where they are in their entrepreneurial journey, transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, disaster assistance, access to capital, and government contracting opportunities right in their local neighborhood.

This year, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA is focused on supporting the strength and resiliency of the veteran small-business community through resources and guidance to help these businesses meet new demands and adapt to this unfamiliar environment. Now more than ever, it’s vital for military and veteran entrepreneurs to be aware of the local resources that are available to assist them during this difficult time. It’s critical for small businesses to make strong local connections to stay afloat and continue to thrive.

The good news is SBA and its' resource partner network extends across the country. Veteran entrepreneurs can receive business training, counseling and mentoring at our Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC), where they can also find out about financing options and receive procurement guidance to help them better compete for government contracts.

The VBOC of New England serves the veteran community in all six New England states. The center is operated by the Center for Women & Enterprise and offers classes, programs, and services to those who want to start, grow or expand their businesses.  You can find out more about the New England VBOC at: https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/Veterans-Business-Outreach-Center.

All of SBA's resource partners are available to help veteran owned businesses at any stage.  You can find out more about SCORE, the Women's Business Centers and the Small Business Development Centers here: Resource Partners (sba.gov)

NVSBW is the perfect opportunity to reinforce the critical role that SBA and its stakeholders play in this mission to celebrate, strengthen, and empower our nation’s military and veteran entrepreneurs. Across New England, SBA and our resource partners will host a variety of events during NVSBW.  You can see the calendar below to find out more.

To our nation’s veterans and military community, thank you for your hard work, dedication, and the sacrifices you make. Thank you for your service.

Veterans, let us serve you. SBA can help your small business start, grow, expand and recover.

 

National Veterans Small Business Week Event Calendar

Throughout New England during NVSBW, the SBA and our local stakeholders will host a variety of events and webinars for the military community.  Here is a calendar of some of our scheduled events.  

Monday November 1, 2021

  • 9:30am – 10:30am  VBOC of New England- Business Plan Basics:   Register Here - VBOC                              

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm  VBOC of New England and the Vermont SBA - Introduction to Resources for Your Veteran-Owned Small Business: Register Here - VBOC

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • 8:30am - 2:00pm REGION 1 - Boots to Business, New Hampshire/Maine. This is a 2-day workshop - Register Here

  • 8:30am - 10am  Rhode Island VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization Webinar - Register Here

  • 9am - 11am  New Hampshire SBA Virtual #VetBiz Roundtable - Register Here

  • 10am – 1pm   CT District Office – Veterans and Military Spouse Resource Fair, VA Connecticut Newington Campus - No registration necessary, visit us outside the canteen in the basement of the VA, 555 Willard Ave., Newington, CT

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm NVSBW: Starting a Farm - Lessons from a Marine turned Farmer - Register Here

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • 10:00am – 1pm   CT District Office, Veteran and Military Spouse Resource Fair,  VA Connecticut, West Haven Campus: No registration necessary, meet us outside the cafeteria at the VA, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT           

  • 11:00am – 12:30pm   VBOC of New England - NVSBW: Grow your Business through Government Contracting: Register Here - VBOC           

Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm    VBOC of New England - The Importance of Knowing What your Business is Worth: Register Here - VBOC                            

Friday, November 5, 2021

  • 9:00am - 10:30am  Transition from Battle Buddy to Business Buddy - Connecticut SBA Webinar - Register Here

  • 9:00am - 11:30am  Massachusetts SBA Resources to Strengthen Your Veteran Owned Business Webinar - Register Here


Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration empowers veterans, active duty
service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military
spouses at every stage of business ownership. Find out more about funding programs, training, and federal contracting opportunities here.