SYRACUSE, NY — The US Small Business Administration (SBA) presented the 2022 National Small Business Week Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellent in Service Award to the Watervliet-based McNulty Veteran Business Center (VBOC). The announcement comes ahead of National Small Business Week, which takes place May 1-7, 2022.
The McNulty VBOC and its leadership were notified of the award by the SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. Since 2014, the McNulty Veteran Business Center (VBC) has been helping veterans, military members and spouses start and grow their businesses. The center serves as a key host organization for the US Small Business Administration’s Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), which covers the Atlantic region of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
“Our small but dedicated team of three have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide these small business owners with critical information and support when they need it most. We are honored by this award and grateful for the opportunity we have each day to serve those who have served,” said Amy Amoroso, VBOC SBA Region II Director.
McNulty VBC offers a range of services and networking opportunities through entrepreneurship training and counseling for veterans, service members and transitioning spouses. Through the use of new technologies, the center strengthens the established business ecosystem by offering services both virtually and in person.
“We are extremely proud of the work that the McNulty Veterans Business Outreach Center and VBOC Director Amy Amoroso are doing with our active duty, veterans and military family business owners in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Your national recognition is for a job well done, especially amid a global pandemic. SBA honors them during National Small Business Week as examples of commitment to our returning veterans and their families,” said SBA Regional Administrator Marlene Cintron, who oversees the federal agency’s operations throughout the region’s service area.
The prestigious VBOC Excellence in Service Award is presented in recognition of the McNulty Center’s positive impact on local economic development, job creation and supporting the growth of small businesses across the United States, particularly among experienced entrepreneurs, over the past year.
“Skilled entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to economic growth and job opportunities in New York State. The McNulty Veteran Business Center is helping make that possible by providing critical support for veterans, military spouses and service members to start and grow their businesses and meet the challenges during the pandemic,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, District Director of SBA Upstate New York. “Their program is a one-stop shop for free training, advice and mentoring for rotating service members. We congratulate the entire team on their outstanding commitment.”
“We have received an overwhelming number of letters of support for the work we have done for veteran business owners and their spouses,” said Kathy Caruso, executive director of the McNulty Veteran Business Center. “We have pivoted and offered virtual versions of training, workshops and briefings to help them navigate rapidly changing economic and fiscal policies in the early days of the pandemic. It is an honor to receive this recognition.”
Each year, the SBA, with the help of its resource partners, advises, trains, and advises more than one million entrepreneurs and small business owners. Together, SBA resource partners enhance decades of experience in consulting for every phase of an organization’s lifecycle.
“SBA’s national network of resource partners provides mentoring, training, resources and local support that is having a tremendous impact on small businesses across the country. In 2021, our network-enabled small businesses will have access to more than billions of dollars in capital and grants, create over 26,000 new businesses, and create and sustain more than two million jobs,” said Mark Madrid, associate administrator of SBA Development’s Office of Entrepreneurial. “We have much work ahead of us and I look forward to continuing to deepen our collaboration with our resource partners as we advance our common goal of ensuring that 2022 is a brighter year for all of our entrepreneurs.”