Chairman Williams Along with Reps. Schneider, Ellzey, and McGarvey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Veteran Entrepreneurship Program
Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurship - Boots to Business Program
Washington, March 15, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Roger Williams (R-TX), along with Reps. Schneider (D-IL), Ellzey (R-TX), and McGarvey (D-KY) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize the Boots to Business (B2B) program that aims to assist transitioning service members to start and grow their own businesses.
“After dedicating their lives to protect the freedom of all Americans, it is critical we give our veterans the tools and resources to be successful when transitioning to civilian life,” said Chairman Williams. “Veterans are natural leaders with the dedication necessary to thrive in the private sector with the right training. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation to improve the Boots to Business program.”
“Our veterans served our country with honor, and they deserve our support as they transition from military to civilian life,” said Rep. Schneider. “Many of the leadership, problem solving, and communications skills learned in the armed forces translate well to entrepreneurial and business success. The Boots to Business program does crucial work helping veterans start and grow businesses, and I'm proud to work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to ensure this program can continue serving veterans in our communities.”
“The military does great at training our service members to do their jobs,” said Rep. Ellzey. “They train them to be the most lethal force on the planet. To defend and protect the people of the United States. What they do not do, is effectively train them to be civilians. The Boots to Business program will help to fill that gap. This program will help our veterans translate the skills they acquired during their years of service to be tools needed to be successful in civilian life.”
“As a member of both the House Small Business and Veterans Affairs committees, I’m proud to support this bipartisan effort to authorize the Small Business Administration’s successful Boots to Business Program,” said Rep. McGarvey. “Members of the military and their spouses have the entrepreneurial spirit and skills necessary to become successful business owners, and this program provides critical help in unlocking their potential. Boots to Business plays a crucial role in the warm handoff from military to civilian life, and I look forward to its continued success for years to come. I’m committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to expand economic opportunities for our veterans and their families.”