Bear Surface Blasting, LLC now open in Waco

Cornell Dixon, with assistance from the McLennan SBDC, has opened Bear Surface Blasting, LLC in Waco.  His services include auto restoration, graffiti removal, and marine markets, and is able to offer affordable, quick and mobile hassle-free stripping service. They make it easy for the customer for any stripping needs.

The McLennan SBDC worked with him to assist in creating the business plan and projections and advised him on setting up his LLC as a veteran at no charge.  He was approved for his loan and purchased the machinery and started the business in October of 2017.  He has also been featured in the manufacturer's promotional video.

The business has experienced a great start and he looks for to expanding the service in the future.  For more information on Bear Surface Blasting, visit their Facebook page at the link below:

Click on the link below to see his testimonial on the company website:


Small Business Saturday Nov. 25

Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.


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SBA Celebrates National Veterans Small Business Week 2017 Oct. 30 Through Nov. 3

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate veteran, service member, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouse entrepreneurs during National Veterans Small Business Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 3.
“Veteran-owned businesses are a critical pillar of the U.S. economy as they contribute more than $1.14 trillion to the nation’s annual total sales and receipts,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “Through entrepreneurship and business ownership, these veterans continue their service by not only contributing to the economy, but also by creating economic opportunities for other Americans. The moments that matter for veteran entrepreneurs matter to us as well, and SBA is proud to celebrate, honor, and support them.”
Throughout the week, SBA district offices, resource partners, and local communities across the U.S. will host local and virtual events focused on access to capital, federal and commercial procurement opportunities, and entrepreneurial training. From Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot courses to webinars and workshops, there will be various opportunities to participate in NVSBW 2017.
On Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. EDT, SBA will host a Twitter chat, “Business Tips for Veteran Entrepreneurs.” Tune in to the conversation by using the hashtag #MyVetBiz.
“From officially opening a business to making a revenue goal, there are so many moments that matter during a veteran’s entrepreneurship journey,” said Barb Carson, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “This year’s NVSBW is such an exciting opportunity for SBA to celebrate these moments that matter while highlighting the ways SBA is here to support each incredible journey.”
NVSBW 2017 will also feature two events in Houston and Miami, respectively, focused on disaster assistance for local veteran-owned small businesses affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. At these events, SBA will connect VOSBs with local resources and share information on SBA’s disaster assistance program to help these companies rebuild, and develop a business continuity plan.
SBA encourages veterans, service members, Reserve and National Guard members, and military spouses to share the moments that matter during their journey in business ownership using #MyVetBiz, joining SBA and local stakeholders in the ongoing online conversation.
For more information about NVSBW, including events and ways to get involved, visit For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit

Contact: Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987