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Veteran Entrepreneur Program touring Texas as part of Governor’s Small Business Series

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Program travels to different cities in Texas each month as part of the Office of the Governor’s Small Business Series. These events provide actionable guidance from experts on starting, strengthening and growing a business; plus, networking with fellow entrepreneurs.

Jose Sanchez and Congresswoman Mayra Flores

In October, the series visited South Padre ...

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Entrepreneurs end child care desert

As Air Force veteran Bobby Heath retired, he and his wife Kim left their last station in El Paso and moved to the rural community of Cross Plains. They had family there and liked the tight knit community. Their son liked the town so much he opted to go to high school there. After moving, “We wanted to open a business,” said Kim Heath. “We started asking people what does this community need?” The response was a day care.

“The community ...

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Tops in entrepreneurs , Texas lands PenFed pitch competition

Texas cities scored among the best for veteran entrepreneurs by the PenFed Foundation. In the top 20 were the metro areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area was recognized as the Largest Riser and it ranked 26th. San Antonio was ranked 25th. More Texas cities were included in the top 100, see Top Cities for Veteran Entrepreneurs. According to PenFed, Texas’s veteran owned business community is second largest in North America.

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Grow your business by your growing team

The Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Team is partnering with TVC’s Veteran Employment Services team to promote the benefits of hiring veterans to Veteran-Owned Businesses across the state.

“Are you looking to grow your team? Is it time to delegate activities to others so you can lead strategy for next stage business development? Then you won’t want to miss July’s edition of Success in 60 minutes. Join the Veteran Entrepreneur Program on July 14th for this look into how your business ...

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Business mentors, protégés sought for HUB program

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is seeking experienced, HUB certified Veteran-owned small businesses and new Veteran-owned small businesses to pair in a new HUB Mentor/Protégé Program.

“As a mentor, we are looking for companies that are HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Certified, have experience responding to Local, State or Federal contracting opportunities, and are willing to volunteer time to mentor veteran owned protégé companies in construction, services or commodities,” said Christina Mortel, Business Consultant of TVC’s Veteran Entrepreneur Program.

“As a protégé,  if ...

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Have a business idea or thinking of starting a franchise?

“We have a lot of veterans that call and have lots of ideas for different businesses and that’s where we help them do some market research to determine if that’s a viable business,” said Maggie Peterson, Veteran Entrepreneur Business Consultant of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and Air Force veteran. “We can help get veterans connected with how to decide or find a good franchise program to buy into.”

TVC’s Entrepreneur Program assists veterans and their spouses with everything from business ...

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Veteran owned North Texas Voice & Speech among select few of Bunker Labs incubator

Army veteran and Speech Therapist Leslie Wegner owns North Texas Voice & Speech, a specialized speech therapy practice helping adults and children with voice, swallowing, and speech related problems. She works with a variety of clients, including veterans, who have vocal fold problems, aging voice concerns, difficulty swallowing, and now those who are recovering from Covid-19 complications. Additionally, Wegner provides voice treatments for patients with Parkinson Disease.

After starting her own company in 2020, Wegner noted that one of the ...

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Prepare business strategies for new year

Veteran entrepreneurs make business strategies for the new year with The Texas Veteran Commission’s Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP).

“Get your Veteran-Owned Business verified and receive our logo and decal so you can let your customers know that you served our great nation,” said Anna Baker, VEP Manager. “Second, catch-up with our partners and other veteran business owners who are creating success by listening to the Texas Veterans Mean Business VEP Podcasts.  Check out our VEP Resources and TVC ...

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