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

† Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling

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† Mentoring Programs and Activities

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SMA Administrator Visits
Military Entrepreneur Class

Washington DC

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Maria Contreras-Sweet
SBA Administrator

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VetBizCentral Proudly Announces
Matt Sherwood, VBC Director
Outstanding Achiever and Volunteer”

Matt Sherwood, VetBizCentral Director

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VetBizCentral Executive Director Matt Sherwood has been recognized as Outstanding Achiever and Volunteer by Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). Sherwood will be honored during the 30th Annual Awards Celebration on April 17th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi , Michigan.

CEED acknowledges those who have empowered others or received empowerment from CEED and demonstrated outstanding commitment while supporting the small business community.

This year's CEED honorees are members, corporations and partners that mentor others, give of themselves financially or in time to CEED or other business and community organizations. CEED is fortunate that many of its members are successful in their business endeavors. The award ceremony is an opportunity to distinguish exceptional members who have been willing to give to others while they build their own businesses and pursue goals toward achieving greater success. Sherwood said he is grateful and proud to be the recipient of this distinguished award.


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VBOC Directors and SBA Staff


SBA/VetBizCentral Workshop
St. Joseph, MI

Workshop in St. Joseph, Michigan

Brian Picarazzi, SBA Senior Area Manager

Workshop in St. Joseph, Michigan

Matt Sherwood, Director VetBizCentral


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

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RECENT UPDATES

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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Failing Startup Checklist:
4 Signs It's Time To Pull The Plug

By Conner Forrest
TechRepublic.com

Mar. 24, 2014 – Facing failure as an entrepreneur can be devastating. Here are four factors that can help you figure out if you should close the casket on your startup.

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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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Obama Picks New SBA Leader

USA TODAY - President Obama plans to nominate a California bank owner as the new head of the Small Business Administration.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, 58, who is to be introduced at an event Wednesday, founded and chairs the board of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles.

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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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Veterans Receive 1.5% COLA Increase

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

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SBA Announces New Measures
to Help Get Small Business Loans
Into the Hands of Veterans

WASHINGTON – The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on January 1 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.

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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.


Social Media Workshop

29 May 2014
1000-1200

NO CHARGE
Registration Required

Presented By
Kim Shott
Global Comunications Consultant

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How To Start A Business

13 June 2014
1300-1500

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NO CHARGE
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Presented By
Michael A. Golwitzer

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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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