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Veterans to get entrepreneurial thinktanks

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by Heather Hauswirth

Guam - With the onset of the military buildup, many returning veterans are looking for opportunities on Guam to hone their skills in the business world.  Eight new veterans business outreach centers are now being planned to provide entrepreneurial development services to military veterans and reservists who would like to start their own small businesses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will award $2.5 million in grant money to fund these centers, which will be located at the Guam Veterans Office in Asan.  Veterans will have access to job training opportunities, learn to fine tune and market their businesses and even have access to counseling services.

Art Mesa is a veterans advocate, and says, "We are ahead of the game here by these type of programs to assist these guys. To me this is one of the important things."  He says this effort is also a real opportunity for disabled veterans to benefit from employment options and outreach efforts that were not available to veterans in the past.

A specific opening date for these services has not yet been determined.

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