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SBA Seeks Nominations for the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Business Development

September 18, 2015

 
 
 

SBA Seeks Nominations for the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Business Development 

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks nominations from four veteran service or military organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development Task Force.

 

At the President’s direction, SBA leads the task force, which includes representation from seven federal agencies and four veteran service or military organizations. The task force is focused on increasing the number of veteran-owned businesses and the number of Americans – including other veterans – those businesses employ. Through public meetings, the task force gathers input and ideas which range widely in scope, strategy and feasibility.

 

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will appoint individuals who will serve on the task force with senior-level representatives from seven federal agencies. Appointed individuals serve on the task force for a period of two years. The deadline for submitting a nomination for the Administrator’s consideration is Oct. 1, 2015.

 

Members of the task force work together to support veterans and service-disabled veteran small businesses by improving access to capital, providing counseling and training and increasing participation in government contracting opportunities.

 

In November 2011 the task force delivered its first report to the President, which included 18 recommendations prioritized into three categories: increase opportunities for growth, improve and expand counseling and training services, and reduce barriers to growth and improve coordination and efficiencies.

 

Nominations of eligible representatives of veteran service or military organizations must be sent via email to vetstaskforce@sba.gov.  Submissions should include the following information:

 

·        Name of the individual

·        Name of represented organization

·        Organization contact information for the representative

·        A description of how the organization supports veteran and service-disabled

         owned small business issues.

 

On Aug. 13, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published in the Federal Register revised guidance on individuals who are not eligible to serve on federal advisory committees. In accordance with OMB guidance, the President directed agencies and departments in the Executive Branch not to appoint or re-appoint federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees and other boards and commissions.

 

The Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008 directed President Obama to establish the task force, which includes a senior level representative from the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Labor, Treasury, the General Services Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, SBA, and four individuals from veterans service organizations or military organizations. 

 

For more information about SBA resources for veteran businesses visit www.sba.gov/vets.

 

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