Monday, February 2, 2009

SBA Holding Veterans Seminar on February 19th At Fort McPherson U.S. Army Base in South Atlanta

The U.S. Small Business Administration will present a seminar for veterans on February 19th at Fort McPherson which will cover agency programs and services for active and retired military personnel who are starting or expanding small businesses.

The free seminar will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Army Community Service Building, 1350 Troop Row S.W., Fort McPherson, GA 30330-1069. The forum 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 seminar will also discuss service-connected disabled veteran-owned small business concerns and unique contracting opportunities with the Federal Government. The seminar will be repeated every third Thursday of the month through 2009.

Pre-registration is mandatory. To register, contact Alfonso Lewis, Employment Readiness Program manager at Lewis can also be reached at 404/464-3266 or by fax at 404/464-2979.

For additional information on SBA programs for veterans, go to
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