– In recognition of National Veterans Small Business Week, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) is releasing updated information on his successful Pennsylvania Startups for Soldiers program to help veteran and reservist entrepreneurs.
The Startups for Soldiers program, created by legislation authored by Mackenzie, waives state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States Armed Forces, as well as those serving in reserve units and the National Guard. It was based on a similar program that’s been successful in Missouri. Since January 2017, more than 3,700 veteran and reservist business owners in Pennsylvania have saved $416,00 in business start-up and licensing fees.
“Through the program, veterans who are starting a business can have the filing fees to register a new business eliminated,” said Mackenzie. “In addition, certain license fees are also waived. By creating a program that is pro-business and pro-veteran, we are helping to stimulate the economy, create jobs and give back a little to those who have served our country.”
National Veterans Small Business Week runs Nov. 5-9. The week aims to raise awareness of veteran business ownership and encourage communities to support veteran- and military-owned businesses.
More information on the Startup for Soldiers program can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of State website at dos.pa.gov
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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