Veterans heading home to Vermont are getting support in the city of Randolph for creating or maintaining small businesses. The Rutland Herald reports that the recently opened Vermont Tech Enterprise Center Business Incubator will provide essential space and tools to assist veterans in their commercial pursuits. The center is free to use and only accessible to former members of the armed forces. This will not only aid veterans in their personal business practices, but provide a somewhat familiar atmosphere to work in and help ease their transition from military to civilian life.
Considering that, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about ten percent of all small businesses in the United States are owned by veterans, this office provides needed resources to entrepreneurial service members. Almost any operation can benefit from the program with amenities such as high-speed internet, copy machines, conference rooms, and more. WillyJane Patry, a current member of the Vermont National Guard and a veteran of a year in Afghanistan, plans on using the incubator to help build her small real estate business. “What I want to do is expand that,” she said, “it sounds like they have some good resources.”
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat who helped secure some of the funding to create the program, said that he believes that employment after the military is a major part of veterans readjusting to civilian life. “The whole notion of the small business development center with an emphasis to help vets was about empowering vets to be the best people that they can be,” he said.