Military veterans who want to start their own business or expand an existing operation are invited to attend a free Business Development Breakfast and Workshop in Los Alamos from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 4.
The event is at UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr., in the Lecture Hall – Room 230.
The workshop is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center (VBOC), the U.S. Small Business Administration, The New Mexico Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the SBDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank.
A free breakfast will be served during the workshop, during which New Mexico VBOC Director Joseph Long and representatives from the partnering agencies will present information on how the agencies can help veterans succeed with starting and expanding their own business.
Among the topics to be covered are: How to determine if a business idea is feasible, available financial assistance for veterans, special business incentives for New Mexico veterans, how to create a Business Plan, how to pursue government contracting possibilities, veteran-friendly franchise opportunities, and other ways the VBOC and the presenting partners can help a veteran business owner.
“This is a great opportunity for veterans to learn how to successfully start or grow their own business,” VBOC Director Joseph Long said. “If you’ve ever wanted to be your own boss—and be successful at it—then this is the event to attend.”
After the breakfast presentation, veterans can take advantage of free private counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss their own business matters.
“Walk-ins” are welcome to attend the breakfast and workshop. Pre-Registration is available by contacting the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at (505) 661-4815.
The VBOC was created by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services to help veteran-owned businesses.
It was the first such state-funded center in the nation created specifically to help veterans.
The VBOC is administered by the Small Business Administration and managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.
It was established through a federal grant to assist military veterans with their business development needs.
New Mexico’s VBOC is located in Albuquerque but provides service to any veteran statewide. It is one of only 15 VBOC offices in the country.