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SBA hosts free business training for veterans in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. ─ Each year more than 250,000 service members transition out of the armed forces. Statistics show that veterans are 45 percent more likely to be their own boss than their non-veteran counterparts. That is why the U.S. Small Business Administration is dedicated to ensuring veterans and their families have the knowledge and capital they need to become entrepreneurs.

A business training program for veterans is being offered Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the City of Bridgeport Municipal Building

Larry Batten, economic development specialist with SBA’s West Virginia District Office and a veteran small business owner himself, will provide training on the following:

  • Intro to entrepreneurship;
  • Business opportunity recognition;
  • Business planning;
  • Financing your business;
  • And valuable resources that are available.

“The military has a track record of producing outstanding leaders, explaining why nearly 1 in 10 U.S. entrepreneurs are veterans” states Karen Friel, SBA’s West Virginia district director. “Trainings like this help develop their skills, connect them to the right resources, and lead them to be successful entrepreneurs in their communities.”


The event is located at 515 West Main Street in Bridgeport. Questions can be directed to Larry Batten at 304-623-7447 or [email protected].

There is also a half an hour webinar on “Veteran Start Up,” Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. You can register at
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All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Larry Batten, West Virginia District Office, 320 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 623-7447, [email protected].



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