Missoulian editorial: MT veterans help steer VA reforms
Important changes are happening in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has struggled for years to provide even minimally adequate care to the growing number of our nation’s veterans.
These changes will directly affect the lives of thousands of Montana veterans who receive care through the VA. And hopefully, long overdue improvements at the federal level will provide Montana with the tools it needs to expand access and encourage thousands more eligible veterans to get the care they deserve through the VA Montana Health Care System.
Bill would help small businesses applying for federal contracts
MICHIGAN — U.S. Senator Gary Peters today visited MessageMakers in Lansing to announce that he will be introducing bipartisan legislation with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to help protect small businesses from falling victim to fraud when they register to procure federal contracts.
The Procurement Fraud Prevention Act would require small businesses to be notified that free assistance is available for help in procuring government contracts through federal programs, including Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Many business owners are unaware these resources exist and fall victim to scams that mislead them into paying high sums of money for contract procurement assistance.
Federal search warrant executed at building housing contractors that have landed big government contracts
Boxes of evidence were hauled out of the building near 55th and Florist in Milwaukee. The big question now is — why?
KINGMAN – The Small Business Development Center at Mohave Community College has teamed with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host a seminar for veterans and other Mohave County residents interested in starting a business.
In conjunction with the SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Centers, the college’s SBDC will host a free, two-hour seminar 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the MCC Kingman campus in building 2000 on the northwest side of the school.
Missouri Senate Moves to Exempt Veterans From Business Fees
The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would exempt veterans and military spouses from some business fees.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would exempt veterans and military spouses from some business fees.
The bill that passed Thursday by a 33-0 vote would exempt veterans and military spouses from paying small fees when filing for a limited liability company, or LLC. The proposal now moves to the House.
Veterans business program coming
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center says it’s offering entrepreneurship training to military veterans.
Veterans looking for that type of training can get up to $500 to cover costs of the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s Entrepreneurship Training Program.
The money is available through a $238,000 entrepreneurship grant. The grant is going to Bunker Labs, a national nonprofit that works with military veteran entrepreneurs. The funds came from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.
The state’s small business development center is partnering with Bunker Labs to offer the training at its 14 centers statewide. The program runs eight to 10 weeks.
Lawmakers Consider Giving Veterans a Leg up on Contracts
Veteran-owned companies could get preferential treatment in seeking Rhode Island state contracts under a bill being considered again in the state Senate.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Veteran-owned companies could get preferential treatment in seeking Rhode Island state contracts under a bill being considered again in the state Senate.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the legislation Tuesday. Senators passed a similar bill last
year, but it stalled in the state House of Representatives.
The proposal would give small veteran-owned businesses a preference in the state purchasing process, not unlike the benefit awarded to women-owned and minority-owned companies.