The U.S. Small Business Administration is presenting a networking roundtable session, a government contracting workshop, and a two-day entrepreneurial training for veterans.
For veterans with small businesses at any stage, the roundtable and government contracting workshop will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6, at LTC Partners, 100 Arboretum Drive. The roundtable will last from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Representatives from the SBA, Veterans Business Outreach Center, SCORE, NH Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, NH Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Veteran Business Owners Initiative, NH Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and other groups will be on hand to give vets a short overview of how they can help small businesses access the counseling, capital or contracts the businesses need.
Participating veterans will be offered free confidential business counseling, free or low-cost training programs and other networking opportunities. The event also includes time for the SBA to hear from the veteran business owners about the needs they face.
Upon arrival at LTC Partners, veterans should enter the main lobby, take a right and go to the last conference room on the right. The conference room is called Appledore and there will be signage. There will be a required sign-in.
The event is free, but space is limited. Vets must register at http://ow.ly/20X950wfKBc.
Boots to Business
For veterans who would like to launch a small business, the free Boots to Business training program will take place Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, at the Pease Air National Guard Base, Building 145.
Veterans, their spouses and their dependent children older than 18 are welcome to participate.
The program aims to introduce vets and transitioning service members to business ownership, ensuring that participants have access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track. Participants learn about identifying business opportunities, drafting plans, connecting with local resources and launching their small businesses.
Vets can enroll at https://sbavets.force.com/s.
For more information on the events, contact Miguel Moralez at (603) 225-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SBA announced this month that more than 100,000 current and aspiring veteran business owners have participated in the Boots to Business training course, with 258 in New Hampshire, since the program began in January 2013.
“The SBA is all about powering the American dream. This is no different for the veteran business community,” said Larry Stubblefield, associate administrator at the SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. “We are very proud of this monumental milestone and thank all of the resource partners who have worked so hard over the years to conduct this training for our military community.”
The program is made possible via the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. It is administered as an effort between SBA district offices and resource partners, which include Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE, America’s Small Business Development Centers and other partners.
Each year, the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and military spouses start and grow their businesses.
National Veterans Small Business Week is Nov. 4-8. To find local events, visit sba.gov/nh.