SBA, IFA, NAGGL Join Forces in Boston for Veterans Day

Jessica SarterEvents exec Mike Rozman joined leaders from the SBA, IFA and NAGGL to celebrate Veterans Day and share how the organizations are working together to help veterans obtain jobs and create jobs through franchising.   The group gathered at a veteran-owned UPS Store on Boston’s top shopping strip – Newbury Street.
SBA Administrator Mills, who has lead the agency to record loan originations, was in from Washington to share how the SBA delivers veterans vital loan programs, but also key educational support.  In particular she highlighted the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities which BoeFly is proud to support with free access to its loan marketplace.
Steve Caldeira repeated the commitment he made a day earlier at the Whitehouse, in which the IFA community would create 75,000 jobs for veterans through franchising.  The IFA’s VetFran program, started during the first Gulf War, has helped thousands of veterans open franchise businesses.
Lynn Ozer EVP of Susquehanna Bank in PA, shared her perspective on the importance of SBA lending to ensure that veterans seeking to grow a business have access to the capital they need.  Ozer was recently named Chairwoman of NAGGL, the trade association representing SBA lenders throughout the country.
The highlight of the event was the talk by Captain Jamie Salisbury, a veteran who owns and operates a successful UPS store.  He discussed that it was in large part his experience in the military that helped him be so successful as an independent franchisee.  Joining the veteran-turned entrepreneur was his franchisor, Stuart Mathis, President of the UPS Store.
The group was joined by Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray and Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee who applauded the active role the IFA and SBA are taking to support veterans.