ERIC Number: ED255703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-11
Reference Count: N/A
Small Business Opportunities for Vietnam Veterans. Hearing before the Committee on Small Business, House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session (Boston, Massachusetts).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Small Business.
This document is a transcript of a hearing concerning small business opportunities for Vietnam veterans in the Boston area. During the hearing, testimony was given from four panels of Vietnam-era veterans who represented a cross-section of those who served their country in that war. Some of the witnesses also represented veterans groups or worked in veterans programs or outreach centers. Minority veterans comprised two of the panels. During the hearing, witnesses testified about the many problems that Vietnam veterans face in attempting to get loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to start or purchase a business. The problem is especially acute for minority veterans, according to the testimony, because they have less capital, or they have language barriers and nobody in the SBA to speak their language (primarily Spanish), or they are the victims of prejudice. The veterans who testified cited the need for more outreach programs, more money for loans, and less red tape in the SBA in order to provide some economic opportunity to Vietnam veterans who thus far have been penalized for their service to their country. (Written testimony is also included in this document.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Blacks, Community Services, Credit (Finance), Eligibility, Entrepreneurship, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Aid Applicants, Financial Needs, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Grants, Hispanic Americans, Loan Repayment, Minority Groups, Outreach Programs, Resource Allocation, Small Businesses, Veterans
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Small Business.