SBA Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week Veteran-owned businesses contribute nearly $1 trillion each year to U.S. economy

HARLINGEN, TEXAS (NOV. 5, 2019) – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member, and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 4-8.

This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week theme is Mission #VetBiz Success. During the week, the SBA will highlight and connect veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them accomplish small business success.

“This week is dedicated to celebrating the nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses who contribute nearly $1 trillion each year to the U.S. economy,” said SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “The SBA is proud to collaborate with our district offices, resource networks, and agency partners to empower veterans throughout every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.”

“As a veteran, the celebration of National Veterans Small Business Week is near and dear to my heart,” Angela Burton, district director, SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District said.  “It reminds me of the many veterans who use their military and leadership skills to serve their communities through entrepreneurship and job creation.”

During National Veterans Small Business Week, each day will be devoted to a different topic related to veteran entrepreneurship. Topics will include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, stakeholders and resources, access to capital, disaster assistance, and government contracting.

SBA district offices, resource partners, and local organizations will host National Veterans Small Business Week activities nationwide. The Lower Rio Grande Valley District events include a Twitter Chat on veteran entrepreneur resources at @SBAgov (follow the chat with the hashtag #VetBiz), Boots to Business at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses online meeting, Hiring Red, White & You events, Government Contracting for Veterans,  Boots to Business Reboot.  Visit https://bit.ly/33kLF6S  for details.

The SBA encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses to join the online conversation and share their entrepreneurial stories and best practices, including the resources they used to establish successful businesses, using the hashtag #VetBiz.

For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week and to find events near you, visit www.sba.gov/vetbiz. For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/veterans.