This week, the first-ever in-state Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) opened in Nevada, located at UNLV’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park.
Nevada is home to over 200,000 veterans and more than 23,000 veteran-owned small businesses. However, Nevada has been without a dedicated, in-state VBOC. In January, Senator Rosen urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish the first-ever in-state VBOC in Nevada.
Earlier this month, Senator Rosen announced that the bipartisan Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act, which she co-sponsored, has passed the Senate. This bipartisan bill would authorize $50 million annually for five years to expand and support state and local entities that work to inform veterans of their eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and services; file pension and compensation claims; and help them enroll in job, housing, disability, and education benefits.
Also earlier this month, Senator Rosen helped introduce the bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act to incentivize employers to hire student veterans for part-time work and paid internships.
The grand opening ceremony was joined by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. SBA, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Susie Lee, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and Congressman Steve Horsford.