SBA Supports Women Entrepreneurship Training Programmes

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In a significant move to support women veteran entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced $300,000 in funding for three organisations to deliver the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Programme (WVETP) locally.

Headed by Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, the SBA is prioritising the support of over two million women veterans in the U.S. through initiatives like WVETP. These programmes aim to empower women veterans by providing them with the necessary skills and guidance to establish and grow their businesses successfully.

The grant funding, facilitated by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, will bolster each organization’s efforts to engage women veterans in entrepreneurship. These initiatives assist women veterans in navigating the planning stages of a new business venture or scaling up their existing enterprises.

The WVETP awardees and their respective programmes are as follows:

Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families: Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) – $150,000
ONABEN: Beyond the Boots: A Veteran and Service Member Initiative – $75,000
Utah Veteran Business Resource Centre (VBRC) at Salt Lake Community College: Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (STRIVE) – $75,000
These programmes offer a range of resources, including online courses, residency programs, technical support, and capacity-building activities, tailored to the unique needs of women veterans.

By investing in WVETP, the SBA aims to expand economic opportunities for women veterans and their families while fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within the veteran community.