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SBA New England Regional Office – October 27 2022

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National Veteran Small Business Week: Marching Toward Success

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Mike Vlacich, New England Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration and Jenniefer “Jennie” Murphy, Regional Director, Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England


This year we will celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) October 31 – November 4, 2022.  During NVSBW we will recognize the achievements of our veterans across New England and we will celebrate the strength and resiliency of the veteran business community.  

Here are a couple of interesting facts about veteran-owned businesses:

  • There are over 1.76 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States.

  • These businesses employ nearly four million people.

  • Across New England there are 81,293 veteran-owned businesses, 20,693 were employers, and 60,600 were non-employers.

It’s not that surprising that there are so many veteran-owned businesses across the country. Veterans make great entrepreneurs. Building a successful small business requires hard work and dedication—traits that are in no short supply among service members, veterans, and military spouses.  Resilience, poise, adaptability – not only do these traits define our Nation’s service members and veterans, but they are also critical ingredients for successful entrepreneurs. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we recognize the value the military community brings to our great country through their service in the armed forces and as small business owners who contribute more than $1 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy on an annual basis. 

Time, effort, and grit – combined with community support – propel members of the military community to launch and maintain profitable businesses.  The endeavors of business ownership are lifechanging for owners and those around them, from family members and community members to patrons.  Veterans are selfless, altruistic, and natural leaders – qualities that carry them through their military careers and post-military endeavors. In turn, many veterans who pursue entrepreneurship end up using their business as a launchpad to help others. It’s typical that when service members transition to civilian life, they don’t leave their military community behind. Instead, they find other ways to contribute by lending a hand to other veterans any way they can. 

For these reasons and many more, our veteran business owners are such an important part of our communities, so it is extremely important to note that they don’t have to enter their mission of entrepreneurship alone.  The SBA and Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) are here to help. Our duty is to ensure these entrepreneurs are empowered and celebrated at every stage of business ownership.   

Our programs and services aim to help veteran entrepreneurs start or grow their business, and we pride ourselves in celebrating the accomplishments of veteran-owned small businesses across the country.  We engage veteran entrepreneurs in educational opportunities that supports the building of small businesses, encourages industry specific networking, and contributes to long term sustainability of businesses.

Through the SBA and VBOC, the military community has a partner to support them at all stages of small business ownership. No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, disaster assistance, access to capital, and government contracting opportunities are available to you. 

The SBA and the VBOC of New England have collaborated to showcase several successful veteran small business owners as well as local resources available at a virtual round table on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00am – 12:00pm. Register here: http://ow.ly/PLTT50LfEO4

To our nation’s veterans and military community, thank you for your hard work, dedication, and the sacrifices you make. Thank you for your service.


SBA New England Veteran-owned Business Virtual Roundtable

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 11:00am


This National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Veteran Small Business Outreach Center of New England as we celebrate the strength and resilience of the veteran and military small business community on a virtual small business roundtable featuring successful veteran entrepreneurs from throughout New England.

During this webinar you will hear from veteran entrepreneurs about how military service prepared them for life as small business owners and what resources they used to make their journeys successful.

Veteran Business Owner Panelists Include:

  • SBA Connecticut 2022 Veteran Small Business of the Year – William Pastyrnak, Counterweight Brewing Company
  • SBA New England & New Hampshire 2022 Veteran Small Business of the Year – AJ Jarnagin, Expansia
  • SBA Rhode Island 2022 Small Business of the Year – Mark Torok, Anchor Physical Therapy
  • SBA Vermont 2022 Small Business of the Year – Brian Kippen, KAD Models & Prototypes, Inc.

Register Here

Veterans, let us serve you. SBA can help your small business start, grow, expand and recover.


National Veterans Small Business Week Event Calendar

Throughout New England during NVSBW, the SBA and our local stakeholders will host a variety of events and webinars for the military community.  Here is a calendar of some of our scheduled events.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

  • 9:00am – 1:30pm   CT District Office, Business Expo for Veterans, hosted by the Eastern CT Veterans Community Center, 47 Crescent Street in Willimantic, Connecticut. Register here
  • 9:00am – 11:30am   MA District Office, SBA Massachusetts Veterans Business Support Virtual Workshop – Marching Toward #VETBIZ Success. Register here
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm   New England Regional Office Virtual Veteran Small Business Roundtable Featuring SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business Winners. Register here

Thursday, November 3, 2022

  • 9:00am – 10:00am   Vermont District Office Veteran Entrepreneur Listening Session. Register here
  • 10:00am – 11:00am   VBOC of New England – Surplus Federal Personal Property for Veteran-Owned Small Business Programs. Register here
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm   Vermont District Office Military-Affiliated & Veteran Small Business speaker panel. Register here
  • 11:30am – 2:00pm   Vermont District Office Veterans Small Business Week Celebration Networking Event & Tour hosted by VTSBDC & Vermont Technical College, Langevin House 593 Furnace St, Randolph, Vermont.  Register here
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm   VBOC of New England – Business Plan Basics for Veterans. Register here 

Friday, November 4, 2022

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm    VBOC of New England – Franchising 101 for Veterans: Fundamentals, Facts, Myths and more . Register here           

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The U.S. Small Business Administration empowers veterans, active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses at every stage of business ownership. Find out more about funding programs, training, and federal contracting opportunities here.