Center for Business & Innovation has new program to provide entrepreneur services to veterans
February 13, 2016 – The Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business and Innovation announced the establishment of the Veterans Microenterprise Program (VMP). The program is designed to help veterans plan, open and operate a small business. Veterans who live in the City of Lacey or the Lacey Urban Growth area, and are planning to open a business in the City of Lacey are eligible for enhanced services through VMP.
Veterans enrolled in this program will receive: free enrollment in the BEST (Business Enterprise Start-up Training) Series, business plan writing assistance, a facilitated Veterans entrepreneur peer group and opportunity to apply for a grant in the range of $500 to $26,000. To qualify, veterans must meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development “low to moderate income” criteria, which ranges from $41,550 for a one person household to $78,500 for an eight person household. The VMP was approved by the City of Lacey and is funded through a Community Development Block Grant.
Veterans interested in the program should contact the Thurston Economic Development Council at 360-754-6320, or email [email protected].
For more information contact:
Annette Roth, Marketing and Communications Director [email protected] or
Celia Nightingale, Director, Center for Business & Innovation [email protected]
Thurston Economic Development Council
4220 6th Avenue SE | Lacey WA 98503