ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Veterans who were interested in starting or expanding a business were able to participate in a workshop organized by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Joined by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, the workshop was in conjunction with National Veterans Small Business Week. The purpose of the event was provide assistance and resources to veterans so that they have a greater chance of running a successful business through the U.S. small business association and local agencies.
“We know just how much veterans offer our communities and our economy,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “These resources ensure they have the information they need to navigate registration, licensing, capitalization, and more. Small businesses are the backbone of Connecticut’s economy—this is a great opportunity to get more business leaders engaged, growing jobs, and innovating.”
The DVA also began the process of certifying applications from veteran-owned businesses competing for state contracts. According to Public Act 16-184, authorizes up to a 15 percent price preference in awarding state contracts to veteran-owned micro-businesses.