Veterans with Businesses Can Get State Advice

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Veterans who own or who would like to own a small business can learn about getting work with government agencies and not-for-profits at a summit to take place Friday.

The Illinois Departments of Veterans Affairs and Central Management Services will host "Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs" in Marion at the VFW Heyde-Pillow Post.

Officials will provide information on doing business with local, state and federal agencies and many not-for-profit groups.

They will explain the process for becoming registered as a veteran-owned business, which brings eligibility for special consideration by state agencies.

The law signed last year sets a goal of 3 percent of every state contract going to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business or other veteran owners with annual gross sales of $75 million or less.

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