V2E Conference Helps Veterans Build Small Businesses
Jun 08, 2012
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Development Centers conducted a Veteran 2 Entrepreneur Conference on Tuesday, May 22 at the Louisville Campus which was held in conjunction with the Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair. The conference provided resources, networking and information sessions aimed at assisting veterans in building and growing a small business. Over 50 veterans attended the conference.
“We are glad to partner with the SBA and the Small Business Development Centers on this conference,” said Bradley Marine, regional director of military affairs for National College. “We want to help veterans in finding the resources they need to find employment – like the newly announced Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for veterans that are currently unemployed between the ages of 35 and 60.” Combined with the College’s exclusive Blue Ribbon Grant, qualified veterans could have little to no out-of-pockets costs to get a college education.
“At SBA, we are grateful for the cooperation of partners like National College and the Small Business Development Centers who can put on a well-attended, useful event and make it free for those who come,” said Ralph Ross, District Director of the SBA. “The economy is growing again but we are still not back to full employment…Our veterans have served us once in uniform and many of them serve us again by starting businesses and creating jobs. We owe them all the help we can offer.
The Lexington Campus will hold a V2E conference in conjunction with their Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair on Friday, August 24 and additional V2E conferences will be scheduled at several other Kentucky Campuses of National College soon. For more information about the Lexington V2E Conference call (859) 253-0621.
Ralph Ross, district director of the SBA, is pictured talking to V2E Conference attendees about resources available to veterans who want to start or build small businesses.