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Senate Passes Shaheen Resolution Officially Designating First Week of November as National Veterans Small Business Week

National Veterans Small Business Week Would Be Just Prior to Veterans Day

(Washington, DC) – The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), to designate the first week in November as National Veterans Small Business Week. The measure, which passed unanimously, also extends the Senate’s appreciation to the nation’s many small business owners who have served in uniform.

“Many veterans are applying the same can-do approach they used in the military to start and grow their own small businesses,” said Shaheen. “These veteran entrepreneurs should be recognized, not only for their selfless service protecting our country, but for the many ways they are strengthening our economy. It’s appropriate that we set aside time as a nation to honor our veteran small business owners and I’m glad the Senate has unanimously approved this resolution.”

As the lead Democrat of the Senate’s Small Business Committee, Senator Shaheen has made supporting veteran small business owners one of her highest legislative priorities on the committee. In July, President Obama signed into law Shaheen’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, a bill to lower the cost of Small Business Administration loan programs designed to help veterans start and grow their small businesses. Shaheen has also introduced legislation to fully authorize other Small Business Administration programs to help veterans start or expand a small business, including entrepreneurship training for active-duty members preparing to transition to civilian life.

Text of Senator Shaheen’s National Small Business Week resolution is available here.