By Roberto Hugo González
Angela Burton, the District Director for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Lower Rio Grande Valley District share exciting news about the services the SBA is promoting, especially for Texas veterans and military personnel.
“I’m thrilled to be here today to talk about an upcoming event that we’re very proud of. We have National Veterans Small Business Week coming up, which will run from October 30th to November 3rd. This week is dedicated to providing valuable resources and support to veterans, active-duty military members, veteran spouses, and local reservists interested in entrepreneurship and small business ownership,” Angela stated.
Could you tell us more about the events and webinars you have planned for National Veterans Small Business Week?
Angela Burton: “Certainly. We have a series of webinars scheduled throughout the week, each designed to cater to the specific needs and interests of veterans and military-affiliated individuals. On Monday, October 30th, we have a webinar focused on providing information about no-cost resources available to veterans interested in starting or growing a business.”
She continued, “One of the exciting opportunities we’re highlighting is the fact that veterans who own small businesses can apply for surplus property from the state through our General Services Administration (GSA). This is a resource that many people may not be aware of, and we want to make sure veterans are informed about such opportunities.”
Here’s a closer look at what she had to say:
When and How to Participate:
The webinars for National Veterans Small Business Week will kick off on October 30th, and they will be conducted virtually. Recognizing the busy lives of military-affiliated individuals, Angela Burton, an enthusiastic supporter of veterans, emphasized the convenience of online access. The webinars will run throughout the week, culminating in an all-day event called “Boots to Business Reboot” in McAllen on November 3rd.
Eligibility for Participation:
Burton made it clear that these webinars and resources are accessible to a wide range of individuals within the military community. Veterans, military reservists, National Guard units, their spouses, and those currently serving in the military are all encouraged to participate. The goal is to ensure that all members of the military community have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership.
The Qualities of Veterans:
One of the key takeaways from Burton’s insights is that veterans possess many of the qualities that are essential for successful small business owners. Adaptability and a strong work ethic, instilled through military service, are invaluable assets in the entrepreneurial world. Veterans bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the table, making them well-equipped to tackle the challenges of business ownership.
A Personal Touch:
Angela Burton, being a veteran herself, expressed her personal commitment to this cause. She extended an open invitation to veterans and military-affiliated individuals, encouraging them to take advantage of the available resources and to reach out directly to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for support. She provided her contact information (956-252-2076) and stressed the SBA’s dedication to assisting veterans on their entrepreneurial journeys.
A Call to Action:
National Veterans Small Business Week serves as a remarkable opportunity for veterans and military personnel to access valuable resources, information, and support for their entrepreneurial aspirations. The SBA is committed to empowering the military community and helping them thrive in the realm of small business ownership. Angela Burton’s passionate call to action encourages veterans not to miss out on these webinars and events, as they could be the first step toward a successful business venture.