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Laketa Henderson Selected to Serve as SBA’s Michigan Deputy District Director
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Laketa Henderson
Deputy District Director
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DETROIT – The U.S. Small Business Administration has selected Laketa Henderson to serve as the deputy district director of its Michigan District Office. In this role, she will manage the daily operations and various SBA activities throughout the state.

“Laketa joins the office with a wealth of operational, project development and technical expertise that will enhance the SBA’s efforts in Michigan,” said Constance Logan, District Director. “Her valuable SBA knowledge and ability to relate to entrepreneurs’ concerns and efforts will complement our office’s connections with small business owners and those champions supporting them.”

Henderson has been with the SBA for seven years and joins the Michigan District from the SBA’s San Antonio District where she also served as a deputy district director. Prior to that, she worked at both the SBA’s Washington Metropolitan District and Alabama District offices as a business opportunity specialist and supervisory business opportunity specialist, respectively, helping small businesses apply for and secure government contracting work.

Henderson is a native Detroiter and worked over 20 years in the automotive industry with General Motors, Toyota and Hyundai prior to joining the SBA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is also an Army veteran who served for seven years abroad and stateside.

SBA’s Michigan District is one of 68 offices across the nation that works to ensure entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to capital, counseling and contracting resources, helping to contribute to job creation and economic development throughout the country.

SBA MDO Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week
VBOC Grand Reopening- - Flint, MI

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Matt Sherwood, Executive Director of VetBizCentral
Constance Logan, SBA MDO DD
U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, 5th District of Michigan

DETROIT – On Thursday, November 8, the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office and VetBizCentral hosted a grand opening for the new Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC), located at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center.

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Matt Sherwood, Executive Director of VetBizCentral

The center, funded by the SBA, provides business counseling and services for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses within a three-state radius, covering Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

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U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, 5th District of Michigan

The grand opening took place during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), November 5 through November 9, 2018. During the week, events are held nationwide, celebrating veteran entrepreneurs and bringing awareness to resources and programs available to the military and veteran community.

During the grand opening, the public was welcome to take a tour of the VBOC’s facilities and resources.

Trump Donates Salary for Vet Entrepreneurship

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday donated his second quarter salary to a new Small Business Administration initiative to help veteran entrepreneurs, the second time this year he has given money to federal veterans initiatives, according to the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the donation at a White House briefing on Wednesday. Linda McMahon, head of the Small Business Administration, accepted the $100,000 check, saying the funds “would be put to good use.”

Agency officials plan to use the money to launch a new seven-month training program for transitioning troops looking at starting their own businesses. The program will be based on the existing Emerging Leaders Initiative, but tailored to veteran-specific needs.

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SBA’s Michigan District Director Constance Payne Logan to be recognized by Walker’s Legacy in Washington, D.C.

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DETROIT – Walker's Legacy will recognize the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Director Constance Logan at its second annual Women in Economic Development and Civic Leadership Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Walker’s Legacy, a global platform for professional and enterprising multicultural women, will present Logan with its Woman in Economic Development and Civic Leadership Award, which honors champions of policy and programs to advance economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems and job opportunities within their community.

“We are proud to elevate and celebrate women who work daily to ensure economic and entrepreneurial opportunities,” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation. “We received hundreds of nominations from across the country and are honored to recognize Constance Logan for her the achievements and her embodiment of leadership, determination, and civic leadership.”

For more than 20 years, Logan has served in various roles throughout the U.S. government at the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and the SBA. Currently, as the SBA’s Michigan district director, she implements the federal agency’s programs and services throughout Michigan’s 83 counties. She also oversees the SBA’s resource partners in the state, including 11 regional Small Business Development Centers, nine SCORE Chapters, three Women’s Business Centers, a Veteran’s Business Outreach Center and seven micro-lenders.

Prior to this role, she led the district’s business development division, overseeing the 8(a) and HUBZone certification programs and served as executive staff member leading small business initiatives for underserved and economically distressed markets. She successfully implemented and directed the Detroit Empowerment Zones’ One Capital Shop Detroit and for three consecutive years led the SBA’s prestigious Emerging Leaders’ program.

The Walker’s Legacy event is being held in partnership with the National League of Cities, African-American Mayors Association and media partner Axios and in tandem with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 2018 annual legislative conferences.

For more information on Constance Logan, contact Hodari Brown at (313) 324-3629 or email

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VA and Small Business Administration Team up to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide education and support to Veterans with disabilities interested in self-employment.

VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services entered into an agreement with SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development in early December to provide self-employment guidance, assistance and on-the-job training to Veterans with disabilities.

“Our partnership with the Small Business Administration brings together the best of public and private business resources to help Veterans with disabilities start their business on a firm footing,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This program is available to Veterans who want to transition to self-employment and want the guidance and mentorship provided by SBA partners to increase their success.”


Trendway Wins 2018 Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

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Chairman and CEO
Trendway Corporation

HOLAND, MI – Trendway today announced it has been honored by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) as the 2018 SBA Michigan Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year.


Recipients of the award must be owned by a veteran, have 500 or fewer employees, demonstrate long-term business success, and have promoted opportunities for members of the military community.

Don Heeringa

The 2018 MCSB awards are presented at the annual event to honor small business across the state in Lansing.

“It is an honor to have been nominated and awarded this recognition,” said Don Heeringa, chairman and CEO of Trendway Corporation. “Trendway could not have achieved this level of success without our incredibly talented and passionate employees. It’s their ongoing commitment to customer service and our community that is the core of our company.”


Dog Tag Inc.


Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) empowers transitioning service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to discover personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world through an innovative five-month business and entrepreneurship-focused fellowship program.


DTI’s Fellowship Program combines business and entrepreneurship coursework, ample personal development opportunities, and hands-on rotations throughout Dog Tag Bakery, our small business venture. Over the course of five months, Fellows explore a variety of career paths, learn about and how to utilize available resources, and establish vast personal and professional networks as they develop a strategic plan for achieving personal and professional fulfillment post-service.



We couldn't be more proud of our presenters. At times it was standing room only. With so many positive reviews, we are sure our veterans got a lot of valuable information out of the 4 learning sessions. And since nearly all of those enrolled actually showed up to learn, we know it was worth all the planning.


Seven (7) courses resulting in a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies:

Principles of Management - Business Accounting
Principles of Marketing - Entrepreneurship
Business Policy - Financial Management
Communications in Organizations
Hands-On experience working within different areas of Dog Tag Bakery and Dog Tag Inc.
Learning Lab series with guest speakers discussing lessons learned running a business, workshops on resumes, and specialized courses on telling your story
Networking opportunities with business leaders and members of the veteran service organization community
Soft skills development


The Dog Tag Bakery Fellowship program expects Fellows to commit to a five-month, four-day a week schedule, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This allows Fellows to have Fridays and weekends to attend to medical appointments, family commitments, community service commitments, etc.

Classes are admitted twice per year: January & July.


Post 9/11 Military Veteran with service-connected disability, Caregiver, or Spouse
Eager to learn and engage in professional development
Preparing for a career in the civilian workforce
Able to provide own transportation to and from the location in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.


Americhem Wins 2017 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

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(Lt.) Matt Sherwood
Executive Director
VetBizCentral (VBOC)
(Rt.) Bruce Leslie Whetter

DETROIT – Americhem Sales Corporation has won top honors by garnering the 2017 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award at an annual event hosted by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB).


MCSB remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB's role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award,” said Bruce Leslie Whetter, President of Americhem Sales Corporation, “and I want to thank everybody who made this possible!”

The event was a wonderful way to celebrate Americhem Sales Corporation’s success. Bruce was honored to have his family and coworkers attend the event and be a part of the celebration. According to attendees, it was a most impressive affair with over 750 entrepreneurs and guests present.

“We at the National Veteran Business Development Council are particularly delighted that Americhem is NVBDC-certified and that this designation contributed to such an exciting recognition,” said Keith King, President of the NVBDC. “This underscores another element of just how valuable it is for Veteran-owned businesses to get this certification.”

Recognition For Outstanding Success

Located in Mason, Michigan, Americhem Sales Corporation is a long-established, award winning full line distributor and blender of solvents, oils and industrial fluids. They provide their industrial customers of all sizes with chemical and oil requirements on a 24/7 basis.

The company has state-of-the-art facilities, with storage on-site capability of over one million gallons of product. The company-owned fleet of trucks, tanker trailers and vans provides dependable, on-time delivery of drums, totes and bulk quantities to their customers.

Americhem has won numerous industry awards, including this 2017 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award in Michigan. Matt Sherwood, Executive Director of VetBizCentral, himself the 2017 winner of the National Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the year as selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of the NVBDC Advisory board was honored to provide the winning nomination for the 5th year in a row.

Flint-Based VetBizCentral Selected as National SBA Veterans Business Outreach Center
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Matt Sherwood

DETROIT – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that VetBizCentral, an SBA funded Veterans Business Outreach Center based in Flint, Mich., has won the National SBA Veterans Business Outreach Center, Excellence in Service Award for 2017. Matt Sherwood, VetBizCentral’s executive director, will accept the award on behalf of the organization on May 4, 2017 at the 13th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event at The Lansing Center in Lansing. He will also receive the national award at the National Small Business Week awards event on May 1 in Washington, D.C.


As part of National Small Business Week, the SBA has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and SBA resource partners since 1963. “Under Matt’s leadership, VetBizCentral has helped veterans and their military families to start and grow businesses, create jobs, and contribute to the national economy,” said Constance Logan, SBA Michigan district director. “Matt and the entire staff are truly deserving of this national recognition.”

VetBizCentral was selected for excellence in providing value to veterans and the veteran small business community by increasing the number of small businesses owned and controlled by veterans.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the SBA, the Edward Lowe Foundation, the Michigan Small Business Development Center, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Business Network in a collaborative effort to showcase the economic power of Michigan’s small business.

7 Free Resources Veteran Entrepreneurs Will Use To Crush It In 2017

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Mark L. Rockefeller, Contributor

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

A new year brings new possibilities.For many veteran entrepreneurs, that means starting or growing a new business.

Here are 7 absolutely free resources veteran entrepreneurs will use to crush it in 2017.


Free University Entrepreneurship Training

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is the national leader in veterans entrepreneurship training. IVMF organizes the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a free training program for post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability. This program is offered by a consortium of great universities including Cornell, Syracuse, Florida State, UCLA, Texas A&M, Purdue, UConn, LSU, Saint Joseph’s, and the University of Missouri.

EBV consists of an online, instructor-led 30-day curriculum, followed by a 9-day in-residence session at the university. Participants also receive follow-up support and mentoring after the program. EBV has produced over 1,300 graduates in 10 years serving veterans.

IVMF also has separate entrepreneurship training programs for veterans’ families (called EBV-F) and one specifically for women veterans (V-Wise). I’ve been privileged to speak at a couple of these events and was impressed with the quality of the students and mentors.

Air Force veteran, Derek Ketelsen, who attended the EBV at Cornell University, described it this way: “EBV is a priceless experience for vetrepreneurs. I received Ivy League instruction from Cornell professors, learned a great deal about entrepreneurship, and most importantly the program helped me develop my business concept.”

EBV runs programs from March through November each year. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All costs are covered for qualified participants.

Free 3-Day Technology Entrepreneurship Training

For aspiring technology entrepreneurs, Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a shorter, more condensed alternative. Since starting in 2012, PBC has held 9 programs in 7 cities and trained over 550 veterans, active-duty members, and spouses. PBC historically hosts 2-3 events per year, including two intensive 3-day entrepreneurship bootcamps and an alumni conference.

I spoke and mentored at PBC’s 2015 event at Goldman Sachs in NYC. The energy at a PBC event is palpable.

PBC is a non-profit organization, run by Charlotte Creech, an alumna of PBC’s inaugural program in 2012. “Many active duty military members, veterans, and their spouses have an interest in tech entrepreneurship but often lack the community support and network needed to effectively guide them to the right resources,” Charlotte said.

PBC fills this gap. The results of the graduates are impressive. Charlotte told me that PBC graduates include successful exits via acquisition, 8 accepted to Techstars accelerator programs, 2 accepted to Y-Combinator, and 2 graduates appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank TV show, including a $1.5M offer from Mark Cuban . A 2016 sample of 55 graduates found they are generating a combined $9.5M in annual revenue and employing 1,175 individuals.

This year, PBC is holding a bootcamp in San Antonio in February, another bootcamp in Denver in the fall, and an alumni event. Attendance at PBC is encouraged if you’re considering a tech startup. PBC is free to veterans, active-duty members, and spouses.

Free Online “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” Course

Bunker in a Box is a short and simple online mini-course in veterans entrepreneurship. Lessons are divided into 14 “missions” and include topics such as confidence to be an entrepreneur, thinking like an entrepreneur, testing hypotheses, and working on a venture as a team, plus many more.

Each lesson has a short video from the Bunker team, as well as relevant third-party articles, interviews, podcasts and presentations from prominent entrepreneurs and experts, such as the Kauffman Foundation’s superb “SketchBooks.” The material draws on a diverse variety of resources, includes a helpful discussion section, and tracks your progress at each step.

Bunker in a Box is a short, simple introduction to entrepreneurship. Bunker CEO Todd Conner said, “When I was on active duty with 6 or 12 months left before I separated, I was wondering what I wanted to do with my future. The Bunker in a Box is a first-stop for exploring entrepreneurship .”

Bunker in a Box is free to sign-up and use. Bunker Labs is a non-profit organization and hosts other great events at their network of 14 different locations around the country. Check out their annual “Muster” events, pitch contests, and their current “Bunker Builds America Tour.”

Free Veteran Business Grant Money

The StreetShares Foundation gives away $10,000 in veteran business grants to veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs each month. The Foundation is a non-profit associated with the military social lending platform, StreetShares.

The application is easy and straightforward. To qualify, applicants first engage with the Foundation’s educational content. Qualified applicants submit a short description and video. Foundation staff then select 5-10 finalists each month, based on five criteria: business idea, product-market fit, team and company history, use of award funds and potential impact, and influence of the business on the military and veterans community.

Winners are selected from among the finalists by public vote. The foundation receives thousands of votes each month for the best veteran-owned small businesses.

First, second, and third-place awards of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 are awarded. Applications may be submitted at any time, and awards are based on the applications received during the previous calendar month. [Disclosure: I am on the Board of Directors of StreetShares Foundation and the co-founder/CEO of StreetShares, Inc.]

Free 7-week “Mini Entrepreneurship MBA.”

VetToCEO, a Georgia-based non-profit, offers a free 7-week online program called “Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors.”

Lesson content is divided into 7 modules; each module is two-hours in length. One module is offered each week. Taken together, the modules include all the “nuts and bolts” you need to start your business: business entity selection, marketing training, how to pitch, finance, growth management, logistics, exit strategies, and more.

Courses are offered online and in-person by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs. Lessons are recorded for later viewing in case you miss one. A full course outline can be found HERE. Veterans can join the program at any time through a simple registration process in a rolling enrollment model. Enrollment is free for veterans and transitioning military members. The course has specific target outcomes such as a complete business canvas, financial statements and projections, and a profile on GUST—a startup investment platform—which the veteran can use to connect with investors.

Free Government Resources: SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a great point of access to the vast ecosystem that has emerged in recent years to support veteran business owners. SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is focused on empowering veteran and military entrepreneurs from transition to small business success and offers veterans, service members and their families free business counseling and training programs, access to capital, and business development opportunities through government contracts.

If you’re looking to start, purchase, or grow a business, your local Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is a good resource for training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

VBOCs also provide transition assistance programs via Boots to Business part of the military’s formal Transition Assistance Program, offered on military installations around the world. Boots to Business assists service members, military spouses and veterans identify business opportunities, draft their business plans, and launch their enterprises. Other programs supported by OVBD are geared specifically for women veterans, service-disabled veterans, and veterans interested in federal procurement.

Free Government Resources: VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosts the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) housing resources on starting, financing, and growing a business, in addition to government contracting opportunities, and links to resources at the state and local level as well. Local resources are tailored based on zip code.

The VA site content is focused on government contracting. Veteran-Owned Businesses may be eligible for set-asides or sole-source treatment in federal procurement, and a large number of veteran entrepreneurs choose to compete for government contracts at the federal and state level.

The VA entrepreneurship resources include a tool to explore government contracting and special information on how to obtain government certification as a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) to qualify for government contracts.


Keep an eye on current legislation. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act (VET Act), originally proposed in 2015, would allow the SBA to conduct a 3-year pilot program for up to 250 veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to start a business. The Act had widespread support from veterans’ groups, but did not receive a full Congressional vote before year’s end. The new Congress will need to get this legislation across the goal line.

Mark is CEO of StreetShares and an Iraq War veteran. His mission: build the next great generation of American small business owners.

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“Colonel Larry Phelps Finds Employment
After Service to Our Nation”

U.S. Veterans Magazine - When the lights click on at the Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) offices long before 8 a.m., the CPI staff sets to work with one goal in mind; to put veterans to work. A global staffing top secret cleared technical solution company founded by Steve York in 1982, and headquartered in Waterford, Michigan; CPI has spent more than 34 years partnering with companies to provide work to veterans after they have been discharged from the military.

“As a veteran and the CEO of CPI, I feel a deep obligation to ensure that my fellow veterans are given the opportunity to thrive long after their military careers have ended,” said York. “When they succeed in the civilian marketplace, then CPI has done its job.”


DTMB Simplifies Process for Veteran Participation in State Bidding
Now Accepting Nationally Recognized Certification

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Lansing, MI — In an effort to assist veteran businesses competing for government contracts, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget will now accept the National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) certification when determining eligibility for the state’s service-disabled veteran-owned business pricing preference.


Veteran-Owned Small Business Award
Contract Professionals of Waterford

Oakland Press Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI), a Veteran Owned global staffing company based in Waterford, was recently awarded the Veteran Owned Small Business Award from the Michigan Small Business Administration. “As a veteran-owned company, CPI has been working to put out processing military personnel and veterans to work for more than 34 years,” said Jim Cowper, president, CPI.


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