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Source : Contractor News
January 26, 2023
Author : Patty Allen
US Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, has sent a letter to Isabel Guzman, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, to encourage SBA to establish a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Nevada.
The SBA operates 22 VBOCs and functions as an integrated platform aimed at helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses start a business or scale an existing business. In Nevada, almost 10% of the population are servicemembers and over 23,500 veteran-owned businesses. This proposal to establish the state's first VBOC will go a long way in assisting small businesses.
But to avail the SBA assistance as a VOSB or SDVOB,a business must be certified under the Small Business Certification Program.
Senator Rosen wrote, "I write today to strongly encourage the Small Business Administration to establish a Veteran Business Outreach Center in Nevada."
Rosen further continued that Veteran Business Outreach Centers play a vital role in assisting veterans through training, workshops, mentoring and helping them achieve business goals. These facilities offer expert training and business counseling on establishing and expanding businesses.
Senator Rosen has always supported veterans and small businesses in Nevada. She recently passed a bipartisan law protecting veterans' most personal details and health records from cyber attacks. The Bipartisan legislation orders the small business administration to create a centralized website for all local, state, and federal licensing and business permit information and materials for small businesses.
Currently, Las Vegas has the DVBE (Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) but at the state level no disabled vet cert program exists.