Mason Enterprise Center Receives SBA Grant to Assist Veteran-Owned Businesses

Posted: November 20, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jocelyn Rappaport

The School of Public Policy’s Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) recently received a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) grant for Veterans Assistance and Services.

“The U.S. SBA grant for Veterans Assistance and Services will further our support for veterans and provide resources to represent the collective SBDC [Small Business Development Center] network within the veteran business assistance community,” says Jody Keenan, director of the Virginia SBDC Network at MEC.

According to Keenan, Virginia is ranked eighth in the nation for the number of veterans living in the state. Veterans represent 15 percent of Virginia’s population, and there are more than 4,000 registered veteran-owned businesses.

The grant will allow SBDC to

  • Promote awareness and education about the available services for veteran business owners.

  • Provide technology-assisted online counseling and training to overcome the impediments of entrepreneurship.

  • Increase coordination among organizations that assist veterans at the state, local and federal levels.

  • Develop four online tutorials for veteran entrepreneurs that will include information about the transition from the military to business ownership, deployment preparation, and certifications and financing resources.

Distinct Studios Inc., an MEC incubator tenant, plans to create a promotional video as a resource for veterans and assist in developing the online tutorials.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different format in SPP Currents.

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