SBA and Senator Reed to Host Local Veteran-Owned Small Businesses for Roundtable Discussion on Veterans Business Issues  


PROVIDENCE, RI — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of our veteran small business owners during the 10th annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) from Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2023. The week-long event will include in-person and virtual events highlighting the nation’s nearly two million Veteran-owned small businesses, concluding with a roundtable discussion on Friday, November 3, 2023. 

The roundtable discussion will provide local veteran-owned small businesses with an opportunity to talk about issues they are facing as well as talk about what potential collaborations and solutions may exist to help move veteran-owned small businesses and the small business community as a whole forward. 


WHEN:    Friday, November 3, 2023, 10:00 AM  

WHERE:  Crook Point Brewing Company
                 65 Massasoit Ave., East Providence, RI 02914 

WHO: Attendees will include: 

  • Honorable Jack Reed, U.S. Senator for Rhode Island 
  • Marlene Cintron, Regional Administrator (Acting for Region 1), SBA 
  • Mark S. Hayward, District Director, SBA 

For more information about any of these events, or about any of the SBA’s programs for veterans, please contact Brian Hopkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



About the Office of Veterans Business Development 
The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) works through SBA’s extensive resource partner network, which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s Business Centers, and 22 VBOCs located throughout the nation. VBOCs are also the leading partner in hosting the “Boots to Business” and “Boots to Business Reboot” programs, which offer courses on entrepreneurship on military installations and in local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2013, Boots to Business has trained and graduated more than 165,000 service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. For more information on the resources available for Veteran entrepreneurs, visit  

About the U.S. Small Business Administration 
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit