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By Benetrends • December 26, 2014

Ways Small-Business Owners Can Celebrate Veterans Day

Did you know that in 1918 on November 11 at 11.00 AM, there was a ceasefire of war activities of all parties involved in the First World War taking place in Europe? And because of that, Veterans Day was created just one year after on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

As the nation marks Veterans Day 2013, we continue to build on ways to help Veterans. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau veterans are successful small business owners. Nearly one in 10 small businesses nationwide are veteran-owned. Collectively, these 2.4 million small businesses employ almost 6 million Americans and generate more than $1 trillion in receipts.

In an article in Entrepreneur Magazine, Carol Tice highlights 6 ways Small Business Owners Can Celebrate Veterans Day, to honor the men and women that bravely served.

  • Patronize veteran-owned businesses. Theres a directory of them here, if you dont already know of one.

  • If you have employees, give them the day off. Veterans Day is often one of those holidays that gets glossed over, or that doesnt seem important enough to close up shop. It is. Give your workers a day to attend a veterans parade or just think on what we all owe our service members.

  • Offer veterans a discount. Service members deserve a break. If you give a deal to seniors, kids, or any other group, consider putting veterans on your list.

  • Help a veteran start a business, or grow one. There are great organizations such as The Veterans Corporation that exist just to help vets become entrepreneurs. Many franchisors also offer special programs to assist veterans in becoming franchisees. If you know about a resource and see a vet struggling with their business, lend a hand.

  • Tell a veteran you appreciate their service. Sounds corny, but they deserve our thanks, and I bet theyd love to hear it said out loud.

  • Talk to your kids about the holiday. Its important that the next generation understand all thats been sacrificed for their benefit.

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