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Building Small Business Success in the Military-Connected Community

National Veterans Small Business Week is happening from November 1st - 4th! This year, we're hosting a week of webcasts dedicated to supporting Veteran-owned and other military-connected businesses through Operation Entrepreneur. This week of webcasts will feature knowledge in social media marketing, government contracts, finance, and more.

Most importantly, we'd like to feature and celebrate the following small businesses in the military-connected community. Here are hints of advice from a few of them:

Advice: Use Your Unique Skills for Every Challenge

Mary Stange, Operating Director at Ponte Travels, will be joining us as a speaker this year. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran that has built a business offering unforgettable trips. As a travel company, Mary cites feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As a travel company, [we] faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I've had to employ many of those skills learned while in active service... I feel that Veteran business owners have a unique skill set and determination to make their business succeed."

Mary will be joining us to speak on Business Portability & E-Commerce. Come learn how you too can set up a business from home, or one that travels with you no matter where you go.

Annette Washington

Advice: Find the Opportunities to Help Fellow Veterans

Annette Washington is the owner of IYBS Local/AG Washington Web, with a mission to help small businesses accomplish growth through online marketing. Years ago, Annette launched her business when realizing the difficulty many small business owners encountered in marketing their business online.

" My goal is to help small business owners understand and be successful in the digital marketing space. I believe that I can help Veteran-owned small businesses [especially]... [Operation Entrepreneur] gives me the opportunity to help out my fellow Veterans."

Annette will be joining Operation Entrepreneur this year to speak on Social Media Marketing for Small Business Success. Join us to learn how to use the power of social media for your unique business needs.

Operation Entrepreneur will feature a new daily topic throughout the week. Register for the day(s) you'd like to attend and enter for a chance to win prizes each day! All are welcome to attend.

This Year's Topics


Social Media Marketing

Leverage social media for successful marketing. Chat with military-connected professionals to discover how to use the power of social media for small business.



Business Portability & E-Commerce

Learn how to set up a business that can move with you, no matter where you are or where you go.




Government Contracting

Learn what it takes to become certified to do business with the U.S. Government. Hear from fellow military-connected business owners as they share their experiences.


Financing Your Small Business

Get ready to confidently approach lenders and/or investors. Peer military-connected entrepreneurs will share how they navigate different forms of financing.

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