15 March 2009

SBA Holding Veterans Symposium on March 26th

—Will Cover Agency Programs/Services Available to Veterans—

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present a symposium for veterans on March 26 in Atlanta which will cover agency programs and services for both active and retired military personnel who are starting or expanding small businesses.

The free symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon at 75 Fifth Street, ATDC Community Room, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30308. The symposium will focus on loan programs and other assistance available from the SBA and its resource partners including the agency’s SCORE Program, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network and the Georgia Institute of Technology Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC).

Attendees will also be given information on the SBA Patriot Express Loan Initiative. This program offers guaranteed business loans of up to $500,000. It can be used by:

Veterans, service-connected disabled veterans, active duty military personnel within 24 months of retirement or 12 months to transition into civilian society,

National Guard and Reservists and the current spouse of all the aforementioned,

The widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service, or from a service-connected disability.

The symposium, also supported by the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency, will discuss unique federal contracting opportunities for service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Small business provisions in the new Recovery Act will also be discussed including tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans.

Pre-registration is mandatory. To register, email Jorge Valentin-Stone at Jorge.valentin-stone@sba.gov. You can register by fax at 202/481-5239. To register online, go to www.sba.gov/ga and select Public Training and Seminars, “Register Now,” in the Spotlight section of the web site’s main page. Please include your name, telephone number and/or email address.

For additional information on SBA programs for veterans, go to www.sba.gov/vets.
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