The brochure from Hamline University Law School lays out the facts: After World War II, returning vets were responsible for an unparalleled period of American economic prosperity, starting up thousands of small businesses. With thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans returning to the private sector today, those same opportunities could apply, especially with the large numbers of programs available to assist in business start-ups.
On Thursday afternoon, the law school will host "From the Battlefield to Business: Helping Veterans Navigate Business Formation & Management," a forum for veterans, service members, lawyers and business-people to come learn about the benefits of veteran-owned businesses. At first, some of the categories might seem esoteric -- corporate governance documents, the benefits of incorporation. But the sessions, developed in coordination with Hamline Law Veterans Association, also are expected to bridge the gap between interested parties and resources available for such things as the Minnesota Veterans Small Business Loan Program, which provides business loans to veterans who have returned from active duty and are interested in starting their own businesses. Small Business Administration support is available for veterans with disabilities and for female vets.
A session is also scheduled to help explain the intricacies of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which protects service members called to active duty in retaining their employment.
Guest speakers are expected to include Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, whose office administers a number of state business functions; attorneys John Baker and Jack Roberts, veterans who both deal with veterans issues in their practices; and Rupert Strobel, a volunteer with SCORE, a nonprofit that counsels small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
The event costs $25.
Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434