Luetkemeyer hosts Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable
Washington, November 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, in honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) hosted a Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable.
The Veterans Small Business Showcase and Roundtable included 15 veteran-owned small businesses from across the country, small business resource partners, and Members of Congress who heard firsthand about the challenges veteran entrepreneurs face and discussed policies to support their small businesses. House Republicans reiterated their commitment to advancing policies that empower our nation's veteran entrepreneurs and remain dedicated to providing veteran-owned small businesses with the tools they need to get back on their feet and prosper on Main Street U.S.A.
"This week and every week, we celebrate the millions of Americans who have dedicated their lives to keeping the United States safe and preserving our freedoms," said House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer. "As Republican Leader of the House Committee on Small Business, it was an honor to hear firsthand from our nation's resilient veteran small business owners and learn how we can support them in the small business economy. My Republican colleagues and I will continue to advance policies that empower our veteran entrepreneurs in their communities and provide veteran-owned small businesses with the tools they need to thrive on Main Street U.S.A."
"Veterans are uniquely qualified to lead small businesses. The knowledge and skills that they gain throughout their military service make them natural leaders in managing their staff and running business operations," said Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. "Congress has a responsibility to ensure that any veteran who is interested in starting a small business is provided with the resources that they need to do so successfully. It was great to hear directly from veteran small business owners, and learn about how Congress can continue to work to support and empower America’s heroes in successfully running their small businesses."
“Every day, I am grateful for the millions of Americans that have answered the call to step forward and serve our country, including over 200,000 veterans in my home state of Louisiana. As Americans, we should do everything we can to support veteran-owned small businesses,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise. “Our communities were hit hard by COVID-19, but many of these veteran business owners have kept their doors open and continue to employ our friends, families, and neighbors. Veteran-run small businesses have survived more than a year and a half of incredibly tough conditions, and America will rally behind them. Thank you Ranking Member Luetkemeyer for your efforts to showcase and bolster America’s heroes.”
“I am proud to represent New York’s 21st District, which is home to thousands of veterans and military families, as well as the 10th Mountain Division—the Army’s most deployed division since 9/11,” said Chairwoman Elise Stefanik. “Our nation’s veterans have already shown their incredible commitment to our nation. Now, many have returned home to support their communities. I will continue working to support our veterans and implement policies to strengthen small businesses in the North Country. Thank you, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer, for bringing attention to this important cause.”
"Our nation’s veterans represent the best our nation – they are incredible leaders and their work ethic is unmatched," said House Committee on Armed Services Ranking Member Mike Rogers. "The value of veteran small businesses cannot be understated – they are a driving force in our economy. Congress must do all we can to support veterans who are transitioning into civilian life."
“I was honored to join Ranking Member Luetkemeyer today to celebrate leaders in the veteran-owned small business community from across the country, including one from my own district, Soulcial Kitchen,” said House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Mike Bost. “Veteran-owned small businesses like Soulcial Kitchen are the backbone of America. They create opportunities and prosperity for Americans nationwide and employ over 4 million people. That is why we must continue to ensure that they have the tools they need to build and grow thriving businesses.”