SBA kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 5-9 by hosting free small business seminars across RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9.

“National Veterans Small Business Week is another opportunity for us not only to highlight the success of our nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses, but also to recognize the areas where there is still work to be done,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “Entrepreneurship is not a solo mission. I’m proud to be a part of a network that serves the needs of our veteran and military business owners.”

SBA district offices and resource partners nationwide, as well as local organizations, will be hosting National Veterans Small Business Week events.  This year’s theme, Our #VetBiz Community, shines a spotlight on various aspects of the veteran business community, ranging from aspiring to current veteran and military business owners, as well as the organizations that provide entrepreneurial training.

“To celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week in Rhode Island, the SBA is teaming with SCORE, the RI Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Veteran Business Outreach Center and local SBA lenders to provide free small business seminars,” said SBA District Director, Mark S. Hayward. “Topics will range from ‘business planning’ to ‘how to finance your small business’, to ‘government contracting’, to name a few. The SBA and its partners will continue to do whatever we can to serve those veterans business owners who have served us,” he added.

A full schedule of events being held in Rhode Island to celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week is as follows:

Monday, November 5

  • Understanding Your Financial Statements
    Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI, 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Grow Your Book of Business: The three areas you MUST focus on to get more business
    Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl, Suite 402, Lincoln RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Tuesday, November 6

  • How to Finance Your Small Business: Learn From the Experts
    West Warwick Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 7

  • Markets & Your Competitive Space
    Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth RI, 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Power of Networking
    Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl, Suite 402, Lincoln RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Analyzing Your Competition
    East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Thursday, November 8

  • Government Contracting 101
    RI PTAC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence RI, 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Doing Business with Primes
    Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI, 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Friday, November 9

  • The Business Planning Process
    North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone St, North Kingstown RI, 9:30am to 11:30am

For more information or to register for any of the seminars listed above, contact Matthew Spoehr at or call 401-528-4574.

The SBA encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses to join the online conversation and share what their veteran business communities look like by using the hashtag #VetBiz.

For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week, including events and ways to get involved, visit For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

 The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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