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Assisting Veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.

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The Interview
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

SDVOSB questions and much more.

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Start Your Own Business

MILITARY.COM The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently hosted a “Veterans Entrepreneurship Panel” during National Small Business Week featuring leading experts. Here are three key tips from the experts when starting a new business:

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(1) Have a plan. While many skills gleaned through service -- resilience, teamwork, dauntlessness -- are directly applicable to business, these attributes must be purposefully channeled;

(2) Find a mentor; and

(3) Hire employees as soon as possible. Banks tend to appraise companies as a whole when choosing whether to offer a loan, he explained, regardless of a principle's achievements or abilities. Banks will look at you differently if you have even just one employee.

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9th ANNUAL
Veterans Business Conference
"Meet and Greet"
Grand Rapids, MI

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CVE: FOIA
Must Follow FOIA Guidelines

On February 25, 2014, the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) sent an email to all firms in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database stating we could be required to release information Veterans provided as part of the verification application. This release would be the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. We recently posted an update to our VETBIZ website to on this matter which is outlined below.

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Vietnam Experience Inspires Vet
to Create Delivery Company

By David Vergun
Army News Service

WASHINGTON, Mar. 4, 2014 – Fred Smith served two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Heart medals.

During his wartime service, Smith said, he was impressed with the effectiveness of wartime logistics and Marine Corps leadership values. He thought he might be able to use some of that experience to build a successful business in the civilian sector.

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Ohio Company Lands VA
Small Business Program Work

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | Jill R. Aitoro

After abruptly ending a three-year contract, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded two task orders to meet the requirements of its veteran-owned small business program.

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NEW CLIENT
REQUEST FOR COUNSELING

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The U.S. Small Business Administration requires all clients to complete the Request for Counseling (Form 641). This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements. All client information is held in strictest of confidence.

To start the process, please click on the above e-CENTER button to access our electronic Request for Counseling form. After submission, a counselor will contact you shortly.


Boots to Business
REBOOT

31 July-01 August 2014
Chicago, IL

13-14 August 2014
Detroit, MI

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NO CHARGE
Registration Required
Only 100 Seats Available

Presented By:
SBA, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, SBDC, SCORE & Association for Women's Business Centers

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Doing Business With U.S. National Park Service

31 July 2014
0900-1600

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Presented By:
SBA, PTAC, NW Michigan Council of Governments, SBDC, SCORE, CEED & VetBizCentral

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“Marketing With Social Media”
Workshop

20 August 2014
1000-1200

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Presented By:
VetBizCentral

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Veteran Business
Workshop

26 August 2014
1000-1600

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Presented By:
VetBizCentral, Michigan Works, PTAC & Michigan Veteran Services

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“Starting a Business”
Workshop

25 September 2014
1030-1230

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VetBizCentral

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9th ANNUAL VETERAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
"Meet & Greet"

29 October 2014
0800-1600

Early Bird Price
$35 (Each)
(Save $10 until 01 October 2014)

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Crowne Plaza
5700 East 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 48546

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