Business seminar to help veterans

Joe Harper

Veterans interested in starting their own business can learn how at an educational seminar on Nov. 5.

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Veterans Leadership Program and Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent are sponsoring the Golden Crescent Veterans Business Boost and Outreach event in the Sam Houston Room at Workforce Solutions, 120 S. Main St.

“This event will allow veterans to find out about all the wonderful opportunities available to them if they’re interested in opening a business,” SBDC Director Joe Harper said.

The free seminar will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

The educational seminar will include basic business start-up planning with a focus on resources and programs available to veterans. Featured speakers from the sponsoring organizations will present information about government contracting and micro loans, as well as the Patriot Express Loan Initiative, which provides loans for veterans and members of the military who want to establish or expand small businesses.

In addition, veteran service providers and organizations will have representatives at the event to answer questions and provide information. The organizations include the Victoria VA Outpatient Clinic, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas Veterans Leadership Program, 211 Information and Referral, and Victoria Veterans Council.

To register, contact the UHV SBDC at 361-575-8944 or 1-877-895-7232.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler