HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – There is a new push on Veterans Day to encourage businesses owned by veterans. Lawmakers were at a special event today to launch an unprecedented outreach to Connecticut’s veteran-owned businesses. Secretary of State Denise Merrill announced the new outreach at Winslow Automatics, Inc. in New Britain, which is a metal fabrication manufacturer and supplier to both civilian and military aircraft industries. It is owned by U.S. veteran George Podlasek. As part of the outreach there will be an email blast to more than 120,000 Connecticut businesses, asking those owned by a military veteran to self-identify and directing them to a link for information at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC). The U.S. Census estimates there may be as many as 31,000 businesses in Connecticut started or owned by military veterans in Connecticut.
“On this Veterans’ Day, we salute and say thank you to every man and woman who has ever put on the uniform to defend our country,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief business registrar. “We should and must do everything we can to help and take care of our veterans when they come home. Many veterans go onto successful careers in business after they are finished being active duty military. This outreach is a way we can help thousands of Connecticut veterans find state and federal assistance as they put their creative ideas into action as entrepreneurs. We should do whatever we can to help them succeed, earn a profit, and create jobs.”