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File #: 15-2463    Version: 1 Name: RESOLUTION TO ENGAGE IN OUTREACH FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 3/25/2015 In control: Veterans Committee
On agenda: 4/1/2015 Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION TO ENGAGE IN OUTREACH FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES WHEREAS, of approximately 12 million American veterans participating in the U.S. labor market 3.6 million are self-employed small business owners or co-owners of their small business; and WHEREAS, according to the United States Census Bureau, self-employed veterans generate $1.65 trillion annually in the American economy and employ more than 10 million Americans; and WHEREAS, historically, veterans are self-employed at a rate almost 50 percent higher than non-veterans; and WHEREAS, Small Business Administration research found that 23 percent of veterans are either starting a small business or are seriously considering doing so; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Veterans Preference and Qualified Veteran Owned Business Incentive Acts serve as mechanisms to assist those persons who served in the United States military; and WHEREAS, the people of the Cook County owe a debt of gratitude to...
Sponsors: JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, ELIZABETH "LIZ" DOODY GORMAN, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION
 
RESOLUTION TO ENGAGE IN OUTREACH FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES
 
WHEREAS, of approximately 12 million American veterans participating in the U.S. labor market 3.6 million are self-employed small business owners or co-owners of their small business; and
 
WHEREAS, according to the United States Census Bureau, self-employed veterans generate $1.65 trillion annually in the American economy and employ more than 10 million Americans; and
 
WHEREAS, historically, veterans are self-employed at a rate almost 50 percent higher than non-veterans; and
 
WHEREAS, Small Business Administration research found that 23 percent of veterans are either starting a small business or are seriously considering doing so; and
 
WHEREAS, the Cook County Veterans Preference and Qualified Veteran Owned Business Incentive Acts serve as mechanisms to assist those persons who served in the United States military; and
 
WHEREAS, the people of the Cook County owe a debt of gratitude to these individuals; and
 
WHEREAS, Cook County seeks to ensure that employment and entrepreneurial opportunities are available to its veterans in their time of need; and
 
WHEREAS, there are currently only twenty-nine Cook County certified Veteran Business Enterprises; and
 
WHEREAS, expanding the number of Veteran Business Enterprises will provide further contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses in both the public and private sectors; and
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Cook County Board of Commissioners will engage with veterans though outreach to local veterans organizations, community organizations, churches, chambers of commerce, and elected officials to promote the Cook County Veteran Business Enterprise Program; and shall actively recruit volunteer legal and business advisors to guide and support veterans as they navigate the Cook County Veteran Business Enterprise application process; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this text be spread upon the official record of this honorable body.
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