At the SBA, we know that veterans are integral to the growth of America’s small businesses and most everyone agrees small business formation and success is integral to the growth of our country. One of every 12 people in the United States 18 years and older is a veteran, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The SBA Office of Advocacy shows that 9.1 percent of all businesses — about 2.52 million — are veteran-owned and that 99.9 percent are small businesses. Collectively, they employ 5 million workers and generate $1.1 trillion in receipts. More than 113,000 veteran-owned firms exist in the Region VII states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The SBA stands ready to help any of them grow and expand. Veterans have already contributed in such a large and selfless way to their country. Those wanting to continue contributing to our economy by providing goods, services and employment in their communities deserve our support. If you are a veteran, I hope you will consider taking advantage of the free or low-cost training for small business ownership that the SBA provides. The SBA offers the Boots to Business program, military-to-business transition classes for those exiting our service branches; as well as entrepreneurial classes for veterans and their spouses, which take place near their communities. The president recently gave the SBA a gift — his 2nd quarter salary — and with it, the SBA is focused on creating an intensive business education and training program for those veteran entrepreneurs who are looking to take their business to the next level. The fifth annual SBA National Veterans Small Business Week is this week. During the week, SBA will honor our veteran entrepreneurs and their contributions by providing special SBA training events across the country. Veterans like retired Marine C. B. Blackburn, who opened Eagle Auto Stripping & Paint, Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas with an SBA loan, will recount their #MyVetBiz stories. All of these events can be found on a map at www.sba.gov/vetbiz. If you are a veteran looking to start a business, the SBA is ready to help you claim your new future. If you are a veteran business owner, the SBA can help you expand. Learn how at www.sba.gov/veterans.

At the SBA, we know that veterans are integral to the growth of America’s small businesses and most everyone agrees small business formation and success is integral to the growth of our country.

One of every 12 people in the United States 18 years and older is a veteran, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The SBA Office of Advocacy shows that 9.1 percent of all businesses — about 2.52 million — are veteran-owned and that 99.9 percent are small businesses. Collectively, they employ 5 million workers and generate $1.1 trillion in receipts. More than 113,000 veteran-owned firms exist in the Region VII states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The SBA stands ready to help any of them grow and expand.

Veterans have already contributed in such a large and selfless way to their country. Those wanting to continue contributing to our economy by providing goods, services and employment in their communities deserve our support.

If you are a veteran, I hope you will consider taking advantage of the free or low-cost training for small business ownership that the SBA provides. The SBA offers the Boots to Business program, military-to-business transition classes for those exiting our service branches; as well as entrepreneurial classes for veterans and their spouses, which take place near their communities. The president recently gave the SBA a gift — his 2nd quarter salary — and with it, the SBA is focused on creating an intensive business education and training program for those veteran entrepreneurs who are looking to take their business to the next level.

The fifth annual SBA National Veterans Small Business Week is this week. During the week, SBA will honor our veteran entrepreneurs and their contributions by providing special SBA training events across the country. Veterans like retired Marine C. B. Blackburn, who opened Eagle Auto Stripping & Paint, Inc. in Kansas City, Kansas with an SBA loan, will recount their #MyVetBiz stories. All of these events can be found on at www.sba.gov/vetbiz.

If you are a veteran looking to start a business, the SBA is ready to help you claim your new future. If you are a veteran business owner, the SBA can help you expand. Learn how at www.sba.gov/veterans.

Tom Salisbury is the Region VII administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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