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SBA Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week 2017, Oct. 30 through Nov. 3

By Small Business Administration

Free business development seminar for veterans in Roswell, NM

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Veterans Business Outreach Center will host Boots to Business Reboot, a free business development seminar for veterans, Guard/Reserve personnel and their spouses on November 2 from 8am – 3pm at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. This business development seminar is a local observance of National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, celebrating veteran, service member, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouse entrepreneurs.

“Veteran-owned businesses are a critical pillar of the U.S. economy as they contribute more than $1.14 trillion to the nation’s annual total sales and receipts,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “Through entrepreneurship and business ownership, these veterans continue their service by not only contributing to the economy, but also by creating economic opportunities for other Americans. The moments that matter for veteran entrepreneurs matter to us as well, and SBA is proud to celebrate, honor, and support them.”

Throughout the week, SBA district offices, resource partners, and local communities across the U.S. will host local and virtual events focused on access to capital, federal and commercial procurement opportunities, and entrepreneurial training. From Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot courses to webinars and workshops, there will be various opportunities to participate in NVSBW 2017.

“There are over 152,000 small businesses in New Mexico and veteran-owned businesses make up 10% of them,” said John Garcia, Director of the SBA New Mexico District Office. “Our men and women in the military and our veterans deserve every opportunity for business development and economic growth. The SBA is ready to serve those who have served our country.”

The Nov. 2, Roswell Boots to Business Reboot seminar is free and registration and can be done online at https://sbavets.force.com/. For more information on the seminar and the services that SBA provides to veteran business owners, contact Ivan Corrales, SBA Veterans Business Development Officer at ivan.corrales@sba.gov or 505-248-8227.

On Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. EDT, SBA will host a Twitter chat, “Business Tips for Veteran Entrepreneurs.” Tune in to the conversation by using the hashtag #MyVetBiz.

“From officially opening a business to making a revenue goal, there are so many moments that matter during a veteran’s entrepreneurship journey,” said Barb Carson, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “This year’s NVSBW is such an exciting opportunity for SBA to celebrate these moments that matter while highlighting the ways SBA is here to support each incredible journey.”

SBA encourages veterans, service members, Reserve and National Guard members, and military spouses to share the moments that matter during their journey in business ownership using #MyVetBiz, joining SBA and local stakeholders in the ongoing online conversation.

For more information about NVSBW observances around the country, visit www.sba.gov/myvetbiz. For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/ovbd.

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