The third annual Veterans in Business Seminar at Columbia College in Rolla falls on Thursday as veteran-owned businesses contribute nearly $1 trillion each year to the U.S. economy.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member, and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 4-8.

“This week is dedicated to celebrating the nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses who contribute nearly $1 trillion each year to the U.S. economy,” said SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “The SBA is proud to collaborate with our district offices, resource networks, and agency partners to empower veterans throughout every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.”

This year’s National Veterans Small Business Week theme is Mission #VetBiz Success. During the week, the SBA will highlight and connect veterans nationwide to the resources available to help them accomplish small business success.

During National Veterans Small Business Week, each day will be devoted to a different topic related to veteran entrepreneurship. Topics will include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, stakeholders and resources, access to capital, disaster assistance and government contracting.

SBA district offices, resource partners, and local organizations will host National Veterans Small Business Week activities nationwide.

SBA’s St. Louis District Office and the Small Business Development Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology will host the third annual Veterans in Business Seminar at Columbia College in Rolla, on Nov. 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., located at 550 Blues Lake Pkwy.

The Veterans in Business Seminar is created to give veterans in business or interested in starting a business an opportunity to learn about resources available to assist them in their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Attendees will hear personal stories from veteran business owners and learn about local resources provided by the SBA, Veteran Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center at Missouri S&T.

“The SBA each year shows its gratitude and appreciation for veterans, members of the military and their spouses by presenting special entrepreneurial events throughout Region VII because we want more veterans and their families to share in the American Dream of starting, growing and expanding their small businesses,” said Region VII SBA Administrator Tom Salisbury.

The SBA encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses to join the online conversation and share their entrepreneurial stories and best practices, including the resources they used to establish successful businesses, using the hashtag #VetBiz.