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SBA Awards Grants to Organizations Giving Entrepreneurship Training to Service-Disabled Veterans

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The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced that it has awarded $300,000 in grants to four organizations, who offer entrepreneurship training to service-disabled veterans.

The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater Oklahoma was awarded $75,000 for its Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP). See photo below. According to the administration, the program supports veterans to develop skills that help them create and sustain a business, while also coordinating the offering of additional programs and services for service-disabled veterans.

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Image via OKState.edu (VEP 2019 Delegates)

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, was awarded $100,000 for its Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). This, the administration says, combines entrepreneurial education with hands-on experience and a curriculum aimed at taking service-disabled veterans through the various stages of venture creation. It provides training, professional networks, and support for launching a business.

Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was awarded $50,000 for its Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which aims to provide tools, education, and mentoring specifically for post-9/11 disabled veterans to help them start or grow their businesses.

Finally, Washington D.C.-based Dog Tag, Inc. was awarded $75,000. See photo below. This is an educational program for transitioning service members and service-disabled veterans, as well as military spouses, to launch small business ventures. As the SBA explains, it combines a classroom component, taught at Georgetown University, with an opportunity to experience small business ownership at Dog Tag Bakery in Washington, D.C.

National Veterans Small Business Week takes place November 4 through November 8. Events are to be held throughout the country and online.

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Image via Dogtaginc.org

Chris Pilkerton, the SBA's acting administrator, commented, "Service-disabled veteran small business owners bring a unique and valued skill set to entrepreneurship. Funding these organizations involved in helping service-disabled veterans establish successful businesses will go a long way toward securing the future for these veterans and their families.”

The grants were awarded by the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development. According to the administration, each awardee was selected based on a demonstrated history of and commitment to providing training programs to service-disabled veterans.

The SBA will honor service-disabled veterans and all veterans, service members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week in early November. The administration's district offices and resource partners will also host events around the country to connect veteran business owners to entrepreneurship resources.

In other SBA news, the administration's Boots to Business program reached its 100,000 Participant milestone. The program provides entrepreneurial education and training to transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses by way of the U.S. Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program. Boots to Business is administered as a collaboration between SBA district offices and partners including: Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Women's Business Centers, SCORE, America's Small Business Development Centers, and grant partners.


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