While most everyone is focused on Tuesday’s election – national, statewide and local – it’s also a week in which the Small Business Administration celebrates veteran owned small businesses.

            This is the seventh year, the SBA has focused on businesses owned by service veterans and members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. The SBA has designated National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) from Monday to Nov. 6.

            According to the SBA, this year’s events include more than 130 online workshops, nearly all free, providing entrepreneurial resources that veteran and military entrepreneurs can access at https://www.sba.gov/events/find?dateRange=all&distance=200&pageNumber=3&q=vetbiz.

These events range from business counseling services from a local SCORE chapter, to visiting the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for help formulating a business plan.

            Each day during NVSBW, the SBA will highlight different topics related to veteran entrepreneurship , hosting various national-level events. You can find a full list taking place across the country at https://www.sba.gov/events/find?dateRange=all&distance=200&pageNumber=3&q=vetbiz.

            Here’s just a sample of what’s being offered:

Monday, November 2:

  • Topic: Transition Assistance
  • Event: “Transitioning from Service to Startup” Facebook video with SBA experts. The video will be published on the Boots to Business Facebook page at 1 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, November 3:

  • Topic: Entrepreneurial Training
  • Event: “Resources for Entrepreneurship Training” Twitter chat with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at 1 p.m. ET. Join the conversation on the IVMF Twitter Page  and use #IVMFTwitterChat in all responses.

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Friday, November 6:

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Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.