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Native American Veteran Entrepreneurs and SBA Partners for Success Presenter Jeff Estep President Heritage Global Solutions, Inc. Agenda. Why are we here? Mission and Goals Overview of SBA Practical experience working with Public & Private sector customers Available resources.
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In September of 2008 the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs initiated a program to improve its outreach and services awareness in the Native American community. Surveys showed that Veterans in this community had a high interest in business ownership, so Vets were specifically identified for outreach efforts.
A study was commissioned and awarded to Gabbard & Company to analyze the Native Vet community and determine the best way to reach those who were not already registered business owners with the SBA.
Educate Native American Veteran Entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs on existing SBA policies and programs in order to create an environment for success.
NAVBIZ will be a portal that Native Vet Business owners and entrepreneurs will use to advance their business interests. It will be the go-to place for business networking.
(A Native Vet Portal and Knowledgebase have been hosted but not made public)
Establishes an interagency task force to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies to improve capital, business development opportunities, and pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans
(i) improving capital access and capacity of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans through loans, surety bonding, and franchising;(ii) ensuring achievement of the pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans through expanded mentor-protégé assistance and matching such small business concerns with contracting opportunities;(iii) increasing the integrity of certifications of statusas a small business concern owned and controlled by a veteran or service-disabled veteran;(iv) reducing paperwork and administrative burdens on veterans in accessing business development and entrepreneurship opportunities;(v) increasing and improving training and counseling services provided to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans; and(vi) making other improvements relating to the support for veterans business developmentby the Federal Government;
Where is all the business?????
Specific types of Management and Technical Assistance shall include but are not limited to the following:
Veterans Business Resource Center – Albuquerque
Contact: Edward Cadena
Contact: Mr. Ted M. Pedro, Executive Director
Address: 2401 12th Street NW, Suite 5-South Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Veterans Business Outreach
The University of Texas – Pan American
States covered: Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma
Contact: Alonzo Gracia
Address: 1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
Veterans Enterprise Training Program
Contact: Lloyd Calderon
Address: 300 San Mateo NE # 106
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
Phone: 505-841-2956 or 1-877-708-0002
Wendy Ederer - Program ManagerPhone: 505-428-1362Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Palin - Procurement AdvisorPhone: 505-428-1850Email: Elaine.Palin@sfcc.edu
Linda Kitterman - Procurement AdvisorPhone: 505-224-5250Email: Linda.Kitterman@sfcc.edu
William Hett-Dobricky - Procurement AdvisorPhone: 575-527-7431Email: William.HettDobricky@sfcc.edu
Otis Ferguson - Procurement AdvisorPhone: 575-439-3660Email: Otis.Ferguson@sfcc.edu
500 Gold Avenue, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87102