Savings realized under Startup for Soldiers program created by Mackenzie legislation
HARRISBURG – A law authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Berks) a few years ago, known as Startups for Soldiers, is having continued success with 3,327 veterans and reservists saving $373,185 in business and professional licensing fee exemptions from September 2019 to August 2020.
The program was designed to waive state business startup fees for individuals transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States Armed Forces, including reserve units and the National Guard.
“This program is just one small way in which we can help our veterans transition back to civilian life and start a new chapter,” said Mackenzie. “So many veterans return home with new skills and ideas for starting their own business only to be encumbered by the true costs of starting a new business. Startups for Soldiers is designed to help get them over that hump.”
The program eliminates the filing fees to register a new business when the registration documents are signed by a veteran or reservist and submitted with proof of the veteran’s or reservist’s status.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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