Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Play Significant Role in U.S. Economy, but Encounter Difficulties
Friday, November 5th, 2021
Veteran-owned small businesses play a significant role in the U.S. economy, but face obstacles that have left them feeling unsupported, according to survey data from SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.
The Megaphone of Main Street: Unsung Entrepreneurs survey of more than 3,000 entrepreneurs nationwide found that 9.1% of U.S. small businesses are veteran-owned, generating $1 trillion in annual receipts and employing nearly six million Americans.
"SCORE gives many thanks to our veterans for their service to our country, and their remarkable contribution to the nation's economy as small business owners," said SCORE CEO Bridget Weston. "We want veterans to know they are valued, seen, and heard -- which is why we created resources specifically for our veteran entrepreneurs in the wake of the challenges they're experiencing."
Supporting Veteran Small Businesses
SCORE is committed to ensuring veteran entrepreneurs have the knowledge and tools they need to be successful. SCORE's Hub for Veteran Entrepreneurs includes:
- Free, remote, expert business mentoring
- Free business workshops, webinars, and educational resources
- Access to veteran mentors who can help translate military skills into business success
Charlynda Scales, owner of Mutt's Sauce and a U.S. Air Force veteran said while she doesn't come from a family of entrepreneurs, SCORE empowered her to pursue her dream of scaling up her business.
"Everything that SCORE offered was exactly what I needed to get the business started," said Scales.
Scales then launched her business just four short months after working with SCORE, making the desired goal of growing her business across America a tangible reality.
SCORE values the many veterans who volunteer their time and industry expertise to help America's small businesses succeed.
"As military veterans, we welcome the opportunity SCORE has offered to fulfill our sense of public service by mentoring small businesses," said SCORE mentor and U.S. Air Force veteran Armando Ojeda Jr. "It is deeply gratifying to witness the positive impact a mentor can have on a small business owner in just one mentoring session."