This week, from November 3-7, is National Veterans Small Business Week. In honor of the week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and several other associated organizations are celebrating the accomplishments of veterans who own small businesses and hosting special workshops across the U.S. and the world.
Several states will present specific seminars for veterans small business owners to discuss the opportunities and advantages that veterans bring to the small business world. In Germany and Korea, military bases will also hold business workshops. In addition, a special episode of ABC's "Shark Tank" this week will feature veteran entrepreneurs. The show helps connect new business owners and their ideas with start-up and continuation funding. A new hashtag, #MyVetBiz, was designed this week to allow veterans who own their own businesses to open up and tell their stories both as soldiers and entrepreneurs by Facebook, Twitter, and other social media profile networks.
SCORE, a small business counseling non-profit organization which is sponsored by the SBA, provides targeted guidance for veterans looking to open their own businesses, including workshops, seminars, small business training and small business counseling.
Veterans should be honored for bringing their hard work, commitment and expertise into a small business which grows the economy and contributes to the growth of the nation. Maria Contreras-Sweet, the administrator for the SBA states, "We are proud of the men and women who continue to play such a critical role in the economic growth of our nation."