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SBA to host first-ever Veteran Business Expo in Willimantic a

The Connecticut District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is holding its inaugural and free Veteran Business Expo Nov. 2 at the Eastern CT Veterans Community Center. Keynote speaker, Mr. Thomas J. Saadi, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, will kick off the workshop at 9:30am.


  • Getting certified as a veteran owned small business (9:30 a.m.)

  • Business plan basics (10:15 a.m.)

  • Financing (11 a.m.)

  • Franchising (11:45 a.m.)

  • Veteran Readiness and Employment services (12:30 p.m.), and

  • Veteran Business Outreach Center resources (1 p.m.).


  • Connecticut Secretary of the State

  • Connecticut Procurement and Technical Assistance Center

  • Connecticut Business and Industry Association

  • Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

  • Eastern CT SCORE

  • Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

  • multiple banks, and more.

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