WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman were joined by members of the Nevada Congressional delegation in a ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the first-ever in-state Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Nevada.
Despite being home to over 200,000 veterans and more than 23,000 veteran-owned small businesses, Nevada had been without a dedicated, in-state VBOC. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen urged the SBA to establish the first-ever in-state VBOC in Nevada.
- Entrepreneurs with ties to the military throughout Nevada have a new resource to help grow their business ventures and transition to civilian life.
- Officials on Monday celebrated the grand opening of Nevada’s first Veterans Business Outreach Center, or VBOC, at the UNLV Technology Park in Spring Valley.
- The center is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide business counseling services to help incorporate new businesses and expand existing ones.
- The SBA announced in April it had secured federal funding to expand the VBOC program from 22 locations to 28, making the decision to put a VBOC in a state like Nevada — which is home to more than 200,000 veterans and over 23,000 veteran-owned small businesses — an obvious one, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., told the crowd at Monday’s ribbon-cutting.
- “That’s why I’ve been working with Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate to support these businesses,” said Rosen, who had been urging the SBA since January to include Nevada in this round of VBOC expansion. “(We’re) making it easier to start them, easier to operate them, and increasing access to capital to help them grow, to succeed, and churning through the red tape that is oftentimes a barrier for success.”
Anchor: “Senator Jacky Rosen, along with other partners, holding a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official grand opening of the first ever in-state Veterans Business Outreach Center. Despite being home to more than 200,000 veterans and more than 23,000 veteran-owned small businesses, our state has been without an in-state business clinic. Senator Rosen started urging the Small Business Administration to establish the center earlier this year.”
Anchor: “Nevada’s first Veterans Business Outreach Center is now open. It’s located at the Black Fire Innovation Center. That’s at Sunset and Durango. Nevada is home to more than 200,000 veterans and 23,000 veteran-owned businesses. This is some video and some pictures from Senator Jacky Rosen’s office. Now the office, Senator Rosen’s office, was involved in the effort to bring that center here. It will provide services like business training, referrals, and small business loans.”
Anchor: “And this morning, Senator Rosen was in Las Vegas, where she took part in the grand opening of the first-ever Veterans Business Outreach Center in Nevada. Earlier this year, Rosen called on the Small Business Administration to establish this center to help address the concerns of veterans and transitioning service members. Nevada is home to more than 200,000 veterans and more than 23,000 veteran-owned small businesses. Another center is expected to open in northern Nevada.”