National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 2-6

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National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 2-6

National Small Business Week

The Small Business Administration celebrates veteran-owned businesses across the country Nov. 2-6 with National Veterans Small Business Week. This is the seventh year the SBA offers entrepreneurial trainings and resources right in local communities to service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses.

This year’s theme is #VetBiz Resources in Your Local Community, highlighting the breadth of free to low-cost entrepreneurial resource offerings right in veterans’ own neighborhoods. This includes business counseling services from a local SCORE chapter and Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

Offerings for National Veterans Small Business Week include the following:

Entrepreneurial Resources for Veterans

Like all successful missions, small business ownership starts with training. Through a network of partners and grantees, SBA offers specialized training programs for women veterans, service-disabled veterans and veterans with an interest in federal procurement.

  • No Cost Business Resources for Veterans (Zoom)
    Nov. 2, 3-5 p.m.
    More information and registration is available online.

  • Mission Essential Small Business Resources for Women Veterans (Zoom)
    Nov. 3, 3-4:30 p.m. 
    More information and registration is available online.
  • Boots to Business Reboot – Virtual
    Nov. 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
    More information about B2B is available on the event’s website.
    Read the B2BR registration process and register online.

Government Contracting for Veterans

The federal government’s goal is to award three percent of all federal contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses each year. SDVOSBs received 4.39 percent of all federal contracting dollars in 2019. Government contracting offers financial opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses, but it can be difficult to compete in the federal marketplace.

  • Government Contracting Certifications for Veterans (MS Teams)
    Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    More information and registration is available online.

Disaster Assistance and Resources for Veterans

When disaster strikes, small businesses are often hit the hardest. While veterans are used to navigating uncharted waters, they don’t have to do it alone. SBA offers financial resources, expert business guidance and disaster recovery support right in local communities.

  • Disaster Assistance and Resources for Veterans (Zoom)
    Nov. 5, 3 – 4 p.m.
    More information and registration is available online.

Access to Capital for Veterans

Acquiring capital to fund a new business idea or sustain an existing venture can be challenging for service member, veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs. From identifying lenders to developing a financial roadmap, SBA’s Office of Capital Access, district offices and community resource partners can help guide these small business owners through the many stages of understanding their business’ financial picture and accessing capital – like loans, microloans, or grants – to support it.

  • Access to Capital for Veterans (Zoom)
    Nov. 6, 11 a.m. – noon
    More information and registration is available online.

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