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National Veteran Small Business Week Celebrates Veteran Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) along with other Republicans of the House Committee on Small Business released the following statements on the closing of the National Veteran Small Business Week.

“Veterans served our country valiantly and continue to serve our communities by providing jobs, unique skills, goods, and services. As entrepreneurs, these Americans enrich our economy and communities. We are forever indebted to our veterans and grateful for their service. I will continue to advocate for veteran-owned small businesses and work to ensure that these brave Americans have access to the resources and support they need so they can continue to be primary job creators and successful innovators,” said Ranking Member Luetkemeyer.

“In light of National Veterans Small Business week, it is important we highlight our brave servicemembers who sacrificed so much to keep our nation free and have now made the transition into the private sector,” said Vice Ranking Member Williams. “It is inspiring to see veterans convert their skills and discipline learned from their military service into running a successful business and strengthening their local economies. I am proud to support our veterans across the county and help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals in civilian life.”

“I am proud to represent New York’s 2nd District, which is home to thousands of veterans and military families,” said Rep. Garbarino. “Our veterans bravely answered the call to serve and, even after leaving the military, continue to serve and lead in our community. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that any veteran who is interested in starting a small business is provided with the tools that they need to do so successfully. That’s why I’ve cosponsored legislation to bring training, capital, and resources to veteran entrepreneurs and will continue to fight to give veteran business owners the support they need to succeed.”

“The 5.8 million U.S. jobs created by veteran-owned small businesses are proof of the leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit gained by those who serve in our nation’s uniform,” said Rep. Kim. “I’m proud to join in celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week and supporting our military heroes creating jobs and chasing their American dream. As Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development, I’ll keep fighting for those who fought for us and for commonsense solutions that help entrepreneurs.” 

“During National Veteran Small Business Week, we honor the men and women who served our country in our military and have taken on a new mission: growing our communities here at home. I encourage everyone to get out and support veteran-owned businesses this week and all year long so we can help grow Main Street and great job opportunities for those who have served and sacrificed so much,” said Rep. Flood.

Background:

During the week of October 31st through November 4th, Members of Congress join the Small Business Administration (SBA) in celebrating the strength and resilience of the Veteran Small Business community. It is essential Washington continues to engage with veterans on Main Street, support veteran entrepreneurs, and serve as a resource.

Republicans of the House Committee on Small Business have remained strong advocates for the Veteran Small Business community:

  • Hosted Small Business Showcase and Roundtable with Veteran Entrepreneurs from Across the Country (Here).
  • Supported Bipartisan Legislation to Codify the Boots2Business Program (Here).
  • Led a Letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office Regarding Access to Capital for Veteran Entrepreneurs (Here).
  • Published Veterans Small Business Resource Guide (Here).
  • Introduced the IMPROVE the SBA Act to Ensure the SBA Effectively Serves All Small Businesses, Including Veteran Owned Businesses, and to Improve Veteran Business Outreach Centers (Here).
  • Engaged with Veteran Entrepreneurs During Committee Hearings

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