Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, made the following statement regarding today’s hearing entitled, “Opening Doors to Economic Opportunity for Our Veterans and Their Families Through Entrepreneurship.” Vitter invited Mrs. Katrina Nowosielski of Lafayette, La., owner of Storm Guard of LA and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, to testify before the Committee as a witness.

“Veterans are invaluable members of our community who commit themselves to not only protecting our citizens, borders, and freedoms, but also serving our communities long after they leave active duty,” said Vitter. “I want to ensure that our veterans are getting the highest quality assistance as they start their own businesses.”

Click here to watch Chairman Vitter’s exchange with Mrs. Nowosielski.

During the hearing, Mrs. Nowosielski said, “The state had just suffered through both Hurricane Katrina and Rita and there were almost no companies offering these hurricane protection products, [so] we decided to give small business ownership a try… I can honestly say that if we would not have had so much support from the SBDC, we may not be where we are today.”

In the coming weeks, Vitter and SBC Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will introduce a comprehensive veterans’ entrepreneurship bill, which will authorize several entrepreneurship programs through the SBA for veterans and their families. Specifically, the bill will target programs to service members transitioning from military service to civilian life, given the high unemployment rate among veterans.