SBA observance honors veterans

Dan Nordberg
Frances Padilla

The U.S. Small Business Administration honors the accomplishments of veterans and their spouses, including those who start and grow businesses.

Dan Nordberg, the administrator of a  six-state SBA region that includes Colorado, said veteran-owned businesses remain a driving force in the economy. “Nearly 10 percent of all American businesses today are owned by a veteran, collectively employing 5 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.”

Frances Padilla, director of the Colorado District Office of the SBA, said the success of veteran-owned small businesses is especially important in the Centennial State.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans, and being able to assist in starting, growing and expanding their small business endeavors, especially for those who choose Colorado as their home, is our way of giving back,” Padilla said.

The theme of National Veterans Small Business Week is Mission #VetBiz Success. The SBA highlights and connects veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them achieve small business success. Topics include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, stakeholders and resources, access to capital, disaster assistance and government contracting.

“This week provides us the opportunity to spread the word, far and wide, that if a veteran, active duty, reserve, National Guard or military spouse wants to succeed as a small business owner, the SBA is ready to assist,” Padilla said.

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 visit the website at www.sba.gov/vetbiz. For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit the website at www.sba.gov/veterans.