Tacoma/South Sound SCORE chapter honored by Small Business Administration for outreach to JBLM

Staff writerMay 19, 2014 

The Small Business Administration has named the Tacoma/South Sound chapter of SCORE as the  2014 Washington Veteran Small Business Champion.

SCORE is a nonprofit agency whose volunteers provide free mentoring to small businesses and future entrepreneurs.The  award honors those who have fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.  

“The skills veterans acquire from service can be directly translated into owning and operating a business,” said Nancy Porzio, SBA Seattle district director. “Without the help of the Tacoma/South Sound chapter of SCORE, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many transitioning service members through our Boots to Business program.” 

The SBA Boots to Business initiative is a two-step training program that ensures every transitioning service member has access to the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business. 

Tacoma/South Sound SCORE has led seven workshops to more than 360 veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord transitioning from service member to business owner through the SBA Boots to Business program. 

The chapter is scheduled to conduct eight more workshops during the remainder of 2014.

 The SBA 2014 Washington Veteran Small Business Champion was recognized at a local awards ceremony earlier this month.


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