Rachel Crosby 2013-07-23 02:00:38
AFE leaders update Washington and Army officials about AFE’s Fort Bragg Initiative while attending the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Veteran Pledge Initiative. On May 21, 2013, AFE attended the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) major announcement of its new Veteran Pledge Initiative at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The new SBA initiative is a commitment by top national, regional and community lenders to collectively increase their lending activity to veterans by 5 percent per year for the next five years. According to the SBA, 9 percent of small business are owned by veterans. In addition, these approximately 2.45 million veteran-owned small businesses employ over 5 million workers. The SBA also found that veterans in the private sector are more likely than those without military experience to be self-employed. Prior to the announcement, AFE Executive Director Wayne Saya had the opportunity to provide an update of AFE ’s Fort Bragg training initiative to a number of Washington D.C. dignitaries and a host of the U. S. Army’s “Who’s Who.” OPPOSITE PAGE: Wayne Saya reviewing AFE’s initiative with Anthony J. Stamilio, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army. RIGHT: Small Business Administration (SBA)Administrator Karen Mills. BELOW: Attendees of the SBA Announcement at Fort Bragg. Photos courtesy of Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) Saya said, “Wherever I turned I was greeted with excitement regarding AFE’s Fort Bragg training initiative. Hearing the announcement from SBA Administrator Karen Mills regarding SBA’s initiative for our servicemen and women was equally exciting, and AFE tips our hat to this program.” AFE President Larry Ross was equally enthusiastic about the SBA’s announcement and he reiterated Mill’s statement about the importance of supporting the work-related needs of returning servicemen and women. “Our veterans have provided our country with their time and heroic sacrifices,” said Ross. “Where the AFE initiative provides our veterans with training, this new SBA program is designed to support their dreams and ambitions of owning their own business.” AFE Executive Director Wayne Saya speaking with Major General Jeffrey N. Colt. Photo courtesy of Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)
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