It’s National Small Business Week and the beginning of National Military Appreciation Month! We’re honored to be associated with these two special celebrations and to get the Professional Services Innovator of the year award ourselves from the Greater Washington Innovation Awards.
At StreetShares, we recognize small businesses, military members and veterans every week as they are who we serve every day. The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared this week as National Small Business Week to highlight the impact of exceptional entrepreneurs and small business owners who fuel the U.S. economy by creating jobs and innovation.
Senator John McCain designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. During this month, it’s encouraged for Americans to recognize U.S. service members. There are six national observance days to help everyone get involved.Loyalty Day on May 1st is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
Public Service Recognition Week (PRSW) takes place during the first full week of May (May 7th – May 13th). During this week, we honor men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees
Victory Day or VE Day in Europe, on May 8th, marks the day in 1945 when Germans throughout Europe surrendered to the Allies, marking the end of World War II in Europe.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day is on May 12th, traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day. We take this day to honor military spouses and recognize their important role and sacrifice military families take in keeping our Armed Forces strong.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May each year. This year it’s on May 20th. On this day, we come together to thank our military members and honor everyone serving in the all U.S. Military branches.
Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday in May. This year it falls on May 29th. Memorial Day is a federal holiday where we remember our veterans and commemorate the men and women who died while in service.
Highlighting Our Heroes
We like to recognize our heroes as much as we can. We’re currently running a joint ‘Highlighting Our Heroes’ campaign with iHeart Radio where we tell short stories of current StreetShares members recognizing their service in the U.S. military and what they’re continuing to do for our country in the veterans and small business communities.
Learn more about each of them at highlightingourheroes.com.
Servicing Veterans and Veteran Small Business Supporters with Innovative Products
As we recognize National Small Business Week and National Military Appreciation Month, we’d like to thank the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce for presenting StreetShares with the Professional Services Innovator of the Year Award last week at the Greater Washington Innovation Awards. The awards honor thought leadership, innovation and creativity of individuals and organizations in the Greater Washington, D.C., metro region.
“We’re honored to be named the Professional Services Innovator of the Year,” said Mark L. Rockefeller, CEO of StreetShares. “This award is a tribute to StreetShares’ outstanding team and our rapidly growing population of more than 35,000 members and customers.”
The Professional Service Innovator of the Year Award is given to an organization in industries such as accounting, legal, financial services, real estate, etc. It goes to an individual or organization for delivering an innovative internal or external product or process.
StreetShares was nominated for the award based on its Veteran Business Bonds investment product. Veteran Business Bonds are a social-impact investment that allows individual investors to earn solid returns while supporting military veteran entrepreneurs and members of the small business community. Investors can open a Veteran Business Bonds account and invest as little as $25. Money invested in Veteran Business Bonds is automatically diversified and put to work funding Main Street and Veteran-owned small businesses. The bonds currently pay a fixed 5% interest rate on investments and can be accessed at any time; some fees and limitations apply.
At StreetShares, we’re dedicated to fund the next great generation of veterans and small business owners with business loans, lines of credit and government contract financing. Our Veteran Business Bonds investment product allows the American public to join us in that effort. Currently, when you open a Veteran Business Bonds account and start investing, you can earn up to $500! Click here to learn more about Veteran Business Bonds.