Washington, DC-The accomplishments of Veteran small business owners around the country were celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week.
U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide hosted more than 100 local events, including entrepreneurship training such as Boots to Business: Reboot classes, veteran access to capital workshops, and government contracting roundtables.
Veteran entrepreneurship workshops were also held at U.S. military installations in Germany and Korea. On Friday, the ABC television network hosted a special “Shark Tank(link is external)” episode featuring veteran entrepreneurs who pitched their business ideas.
“In a significant way, veteran small business owners continue to serve America in a big way by employing more than six million workers, running one of every 10 small companies and generating more than $1.2 trillion in receipts every year,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “National Veterans Small Business Week is a great opportunity to expand the ranks of veteran entrepreneurship. We are proud of the men and women who continue to play such a critical role in the economic growth of our nation.”
In addition to the SBA’s district offices and resource partners, the White House, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are involved in supporting NVSBW events.
Each year the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists start and grow their small businesses. To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit the SBA website.