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Gov. Robert Bentley announces plan to recognize veteran-owned businesses

Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials today announced a program to provide display stickers to let consumers know businesses that are owned by veterans.

The governor said veterans own about 25,000 small businesses in Alabama, according to the U.S. Census.

“We have about 420,000 veterans in the state of Alabama,” said Bentley, who served in the Air Force. “Many of them are business owners. And people would like to know that, because Alabama is a very pro-business and also pro-military state.”

Bentley said the sticker project was a collaborative effort between the governor’s Alabama Small Business Commission and the Alabama Executive Veterans Network.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined Bentley at a State Capitol news conference, along with several veterans who own businesses.

“It will mean a better bottom line for some veteran small business owners who deserve it,” Roby said.

Bentley said the Alabama League of Municipalities and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama would distribute the stickers to business owners.

January 19, 2016

By Mike Cason |

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