Guest opinion: Celebrate Montana's veteran-owned businesses

Friday, December 07, 2018

National Veterans Small Business Week is an opportunity for us to, once again, reflect upon the sacrifices made by many of our fellow citizens who chose to serve in our nation’s armed forces. When we see dates like this on the calendar, we are glad that there are organizations working to help veteran businesses thrive in our community. That is the goal of the Veterans Business Outreach Center hosted at Big Sky Economic Development as we train, consult, and promote small business opportunities for veterans and their families.

National Veterans Small Business Week is our chance to celebrate and recognize the importance of veteran-owned small businesses in our community and country. Twenty years ago, Tom Brokaw’s book "The Greatest Generation," reminded us of the sacrifices and impact made by veterans and their families, not only as they saved the world in World War II, but also solidified America’s place as the globe’s economic powerhouse in the years that followed. Sometimes forgotten in conversations about our post-war resurgence was the role of veteran-owned small businesses in our country’s economic growth at that time. In fact, nearly 50 percent of World War II veterans owned a business after ending their military service, creating millions of jobs and powering our small business economy.

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