Linda Thrower, a registered nurse and veteran, speaks with Ernest Doyon of New Mexico Service Disabled Veterans Business Advocates Wednesday at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)
Military veterans converged on Clovis Community College on Wednesday for an all-day event that included speakers, breakout sessions, exhibit booths and networking.
Sandra Taylor-Sawyer the college’s Small Business Development Center director, said the seminar was meant to encourage veterans to start or grow their own business, and to make the veterans aware of what the college can do to help.
“We also want veterans to take the small business classes we are offering,” she said.
Veteran Josue Lugaro said he attended the event because he plans to open a coffee house.
“I enjoyed the financial portion and the networking,” he said. “I learned some valuable things.”
Lugaro also took advantage of breakout sessions in business administration, he said.
John Fondrick, a local service officer for the Department of Veterans Services, also attended the event for educational reasons.
“I’m here to get educated about new programs, so I can pass it along,” he said.