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Texas Veterans Commission Launches Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Development Program

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2012                              Release No. 20120410-01

Texas Veterans Commission Launches Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Development Program

AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission announced today the creation of the “Texas Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Development Program,” a Texas Veterans Commission program to promote Veteran business ownership and connect Veterans with the necessary resources for the successful launch, operation and growth of their business.

The Texas Veterans Commission appointed Duncan McGhee, an Army Veteran with a BA degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, to head the program. “Duncan’s 25 years of experience working in start-up environments and growing companies in the private sector makes him the ideal candidate for this position,” said Thomas Palladino, Texas Veterans Commission’s Executive Director.

Initially, the program will focus on outreach to share the information on the wide variety of financing, franchising and business support systems available to Veterans then ensuring Veterans who wish to launch or grow their business have the resources necessary for success.

The program will grow to provide the following services:

  • Business concept assessment
  • Business plan development
  • Financial guidance
  • Management assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Information regarding franchise opportunities
  • Mentorship opportunities

“With its four programs of Claims, Veterans Employment, Veterans Education and grants through the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, the Texas Veterans Commission is uniquely positioned to inform the greatest possible number of Veterans about all the resources available to support Veteran business ownership,” says Duncan McGhee.  “My goal is to leverage the synergies associated with the internal and external resources available to this program, and have them intersect with the Veteran entrepreneur.”

For more information on the program please contact Duncan McGhee at 512-936-6677 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Texas Veterans Commission

The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to Veterans and their families in the areas of claims assistance, employment services, education benefits and grant funding.  Over 200 skilled counselors in 75 cities provide one-on-one guidance to Veterans and their families to ensure they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.