Out Of The 22 Veteran Business Outreach Centers Located Across The Country, None Are Currently In Nevada
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, has sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Isabel Guzman, to encourage SBA to establish a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Nevada, which is home to approximately 23,500 veteran-owned businesses. These VBOCs serve as important one-stop shops in their communities for transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses to start or grow their small business. If established, this would be Nevada’s first-ever Veteran Business Outreach Center.
“I write today to strongly encourage the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Nevada,” wrote Senator Rosen. “Nearly ten percent of Nevadans are veterans, who have served our country proudly and deserve access to the resources and support needed to become small business owners. However, despite the fact that Nevada is home to thousands of servicemembers and nearly 250,000 veterans, there is not currently a VBOC in Nevada.”
“Veteran Business Outreach Centers play an important role in helping veterans in the communities where centers are located reach their business goals through training, workshops, and mentoring. These centers provide expert training on how to start and scale up businesses as well as tailored business counseling,” she continued. “Establishing a Veteran Business Outreach Center in my state would support our approximately 23,500 veteran-owned businesses, build upon our flourishing small business community, and ultimately boost our economy on a local and state level.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
Senator Rosen has been a leader in supporting Nevada’s veterans and small businesses. Senator Rosen recently passed her bipartisan law to protect veterans’ most personal information and health records from cyberattacks. Last Congress, she introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Small Business Administration to create a centralized website for all federal, state, and local licensing and business permit information and materials for small businesses. She also introduced bipartisan legislation to create a new startup tax credit to help veterans who establish small businesses in underserved communities.