National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) 2020 takes place November 2 – 6, 2020. As always, our goal is to raise awareness of veteran small business ownership and encourage communities to support their veteran-owned businesses.

This year offers an important opportunity to support our veteran small business community as they adapt, pivot, and face hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects and empowers service members (including National Guard and Reserve members), veterans, military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners — past, present and future — during National Veterans Small Business Week. America’s SBDCs provide entrepreneurial resources to support transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses at all stages of small business ownership. Click To Tweet No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey or where you are located across the country, you can find transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance, and access to capital right in your local neighborhood.

And given the COVID-19 pandemic, SBDCs are providing additional support and guidance for veteran-owned small businesses who are pivoting to meet new demands and working to adapt within this unfamiliar environment.

Veteran-owned businesses are a crucial part of our nation’s economy: 99.9 percent of all veteran-owned businesses are small businesses; they employ more than five million people; and they account for annual payrolls of $195 billion.

In 2019 America’s SBDCs:

• Advised 16, 602 veteran-owned small business
• Helped start 916 veteran-owned small businesses
• Helped veteran-owned small businesses create 6,722 new jobs

Click here to learn more about some of the America’s SBDC clients and SBDC business advisors who have served our country.

How to join in on the celebration this week:

> Participate on social media using #VetBiz
> Register for SBA’s NVSBW event
> Contact your local SBDC to see what events are happening near you, or for help with your small business.

To all Veterans, thank you for your service, and to everyone else, Happy National Veterans Small Business Week!