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SBA Kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week

Salt Lake City—The US Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member, and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 4-8.

Veterans Small Business Week is dedicated to celebrating the nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses who contribute nearly $1 trillion each year to the US economy. The SBA is proud to collaborate with our district offices, resource networks, and agency partners to empower veterans throughout every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

“Veteran entrepreneurs remain a driving force in our economy,” said SBA Regional Administrator Dan Nordberg. “Nearly ten percent of all American businesses today are owned by a veteran, collectively employing five million workers. Each year, the SBA is proud to assist thousands of veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard, and service-disabled veterans to start, grow and expand their small businesses.”

This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week theme is Mission #VetBiz Success. During the week, the SBA will highlight and connect veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them accomplish small business success. During National Veterans Small Business Week, each day will be devoted to a different topic related to veteran entrepreneurship. Topics will include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, stakeholders and resources, access to capital, disaster assistance, and government contracting.

Utah District Director Marla Trollan advises veterans who would like to start or grow their business to, “Find an ally, advocate or mentor via our SBA Resource Partners which includes SCORE chapters, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center, all powered by the SBA.”
SBA district offices, resource partners, and local organizations will host National Veterans Small Business Week activities nationwide.
Local Salt Lake City events will:

Monday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. – The SBA Utah District Office will pay a visit to local veteran owned business, Alpha Coffee, in Cottonwood Heights at 7260 Racquet Club Drive, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121.

Join us at Alpha Coffee, to kick off National Veterans Small Business Week! The SBA Utah team and local entrepreneurs, veterans, and small business owners will get the week started right with a hot cup of Dawn Patrol, Double Barrel Black, or, maybe even some Charlie Don’t Surf.

Alpha Coffee is a Utah-based coffee roaster and distributor, with one brick and mortar location. They have plans to open additional locations beginning within the next year – three locations in and around Salt Lake City, and one in Weber County near Hill Air Force Base.

Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-off-national-veterans-small-business-week-with-sba-and-alpha-coffee-tickets-79086827831?aff=ebdssbdestsearch<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fe%2Fkick-off-national-veterans-small-business-week-with-sba-and-alpha-coffee-tickets-79086827831%3Faff%3Debdssbdestsearch&data=02%7C01%7Cchristopher.chavez%40sba.gov%7C92496fdbbe8f41b69b2f08d761653b77%7C3c89fd8a7f684667aa1541ebf2208961%7C1%7C0%7C637084959719657016&sdata=Fp4%2BYYfN8ObV%2FtbWHNWvrjr0Q0MIKnM%2FtvupclhJCYI%3D&reserved=0>

Thursday, November 7, 7-11 p.m. – UDO will participate in our partners’ 2nd Annual Warrior Rising Shark Tank Event. This event is held at the University of Utah, and highlights the progress and achievements of the military and veteran owned businesses that have completed Warrior Rising’s “Warrior Academy”. More info and tickets at https://www.warriorrising.org/warrior-rising-shark-tank-event/<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.warriorrising.org%2Fwarrior-rising-shark-tank-event%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cchristopher.chavez%40sba.gov%7C92496fdbbe8f41b69b2f08d761653b77%7C3c89fd8a7f684667aa1541ebf2208961%7C1%7C0%7C637084959719666977&sdata=YcebOtP1UvpmeqjtPqb2711bu0swc8LBE5nBjETmJqY%3D&reserved=0>

The SBA encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses to join the online conversation and share their entrepreneurial stories and best practices, including the resources they used to establish successful businesses, using the hashtag #VetBiz.
For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week and to find events near you, visit www.sba.gov/vetbiz<http://www.sba.gov/vetbiz>. For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit www.sba.gov/veterans<http://www.sba.gov/veterans>. Remember to follow us on Twitter @SBA_Utah and @SBArockymtn.

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