SBDC Wins National Award
Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (November 17, 2003) -The Veterans' Business Outreach
Center (VBOC) at the University at Albany has won a prestigious
2003 Outstanding Project of the Year Award from the National
Association of Marketing and Technical Assistance Centers
(NAMTAC). Only 15 such awards are given each year.
The VBOC is an integral part of UAlbany's Small Business
Development Center. The VBOC offers targeted, pro bono business
counseling, training and mentoring to area military veterans
who want to start a business or improve the performance of
an existing business. All veterans are encouraged to make
use of VBOC services.
The VBOC at UAlbany is part of a four-center Veterans Business
Outreach Program (VBOP) network designed to provide business
assistance to veterans across New York. The U.S. Small Business
Administration funds the program, with matching funds from
the State of New York. A special appropriation from Congressman
James Walsh (R-Syracuse) in 2002 made possible an expansion
of VBOP and its services.
VBOP was launched in New York in the fall of 1999-one of
just three such pilot programs in the U.S. Over four years,
the New York VBOP has counseled over 5,000 veterans, helped
them locate $76.5 million for their businesses, and saved
or created more than 3,000 jobs in New York. VBOP has also
provided business training to more than 6,000 veterans.
NAMTAC is one of the oldest business technical assistance
advocacy organizations in the United States. With headquarters
at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, NAMTAC represents
members in support of advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C.,
on behalf of America's small and medium-sized businesses,
and advances issues of economic development concern to the
community and business sectors.