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Release Date: October 26, 2022


Release Number: CT23-01



Contact: Connecticut_DO@sba.gov


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SBA Connecticut Announces Veteran Business Expo  November 2nd


CONNECTICUT – The SBA Connecticut District Office along with an extensive partner network will celebrate the strength and resilience of our Veteran Business community with a Veteran Business Expo on Wednesday, November 2nd. Hosted at the Eastern CT Veterans Community Center, Willimantic, CT veterans will have access to small business resources and in-person workshops throughout the event – 9am-1:30pm.

Workshops will be facilitated by subject matter experts covering Franchising, How to Get Veteran Certified, Business Plan Basics, Business Financing, VR&E Self-Employment, and How to utilize the SBA’s Veteran Business Outreach Center.

The inaugural expo will take place during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) October 31-November 4, in celebration of the strength and resilience of the veteran and military small business community as they continue to march beyond the events of the pandemic and use what they’ve learned over the past few years to propel their businesses forward.

“We’re honored to recognize the achievements of the sixteen thousand Veteran owned small businesses across Connecticut and to celebrate the strength and resiliency of the veteran business community this National Veterans Small Business Week,” said Mike Vlacich, SBA New England Regional Administrator.  “Our veterans don’t have to enter the mission of entrepreneurship alone; they have served us and now it is our turn to support them. Through the SBA, the military community has a partner to support them at all stages of small business ownership.”

“Time, effort, and grit – combined with community support and SBA resources – propel members of the military community to launch and maintain profitable businesses. The SBA is here to help members of the military community evaluate that path, take their first steps, and navigate any questions or obstacles that may follow’, stated Catherine Marx, District Director. ‘We are excited to lead the Veteran Business Expo next Wednesday, November 2nd – veteran entrepreneurs this is a call to SBA entrepreneurial duty!”

Register to attend here: Connecticut Veteran Small Business Expo | U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov).


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.