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Veterans Day 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ron O'Herron


On Friday, November 11th, once again we celebrate Veterans Day.  As a proud Veteran, this day always holds special meanings for me and I traditionally send out my thoughts to share with anyone who cares to read them.  Sometimes the memories seem like only yesterday that I served under the Stars and Stripes. I keep thinking that it will get easier for me to write this, but it never does and this year is no exception as I reflect back on the Hero’s  that I had the honor to serve with who paid the ultimate price for freedom.  Turning 70 this past July brought about a lot of memories of days gone by.  My family decided I needed a big celebration and looking at the many old photos that they had assembled, I found myself reflecting back to those friends that I have lost.  It is difficult, if not impossible, for anyone who has not experienced the ugliness of an armed conflict and the lasting scars it leaves, to truly understand what it is like.  I thank God every day for the commitment and sacrifice made by those serving our country and their families.  When I see professional athletes refuse to stand for our National Anthem, I do my best to understand their protest; however, will never condone their method.  The American Flag, a symbol that I proudly served under, is stained with the blood of thousands who gave their all to keep it flying over this Great Country.  They were not paid millions of dollars to do it and the game they were involved in was played with bullets and not balls.  Now that I have got that off my chest, I respectfully ask you to take time to thank a Veteran and remember those that gave their all for this Country.  They served so that others would not have to. 

Thanks You.  Have a great Veteran’s Day and God Bless America.



Military Veteran Entrepreneurs Mean Big Business for Colorado

Friday, November 14, 2014
In honor of those who have served our country, the Larimer SBDC has researched some powerful statistics about veterans who have come home to start businesses within our state and nationally. 

Who are veteran entrepreneurs?
  • - 9.1% of all business owners in the United States are veterans as of 2012
  • - 7.1% of these veterans are under the age of 35
  • - 4.4% of veteran business owners are women
  • - Veteran business owners are more likely to produce goods as opposed to services
  • - 10.3% of veterans own more than one business, compared with only 7.4% of non-veterans
  • - According to 2007 U.S. Census data, veteran owned businesses are responsible for contributing 1.2 trillion dollars to the United States economy
What impact do veteran business owners have in Colorado?
  • - Colorado has 48,803 small businesses owned exclusively by veterans as of 2007 U.S. Census data
    • -- These business contribute an estimated $23 billion to the Colorado economy
    • -- They also employ 96,373 people, with an annual payroll of $3.6B 
    • -- Approximately 38,000 Colorado veteran owned businesses are owned and operated as sole proprietors, and these businesses generate $2 billion dollars in sales annually

These are not small contributions on top of the service they have already given to their country! Small businesses help stabilize local economies and employ large numbers of citizens. The Small Business Administration and the Larimer SBDC are here to support our veteran entrepreneurs with consulting, training and resources as they look to start and grow their businesses when they return home. Contact us to discover the resources we have available for you!

Whether you are an active duty, reservist or retired service member, thank you for your continued contributions!

Sources
Lichtenstein, Jules. "Profile of Veteran Business Owners." Issue Briefs 1 (2013).
United States Census Bureau. Survey of Business Owners - Veterans. Washinton DC: United States Census Bureau, 2007.