FARMINGTON — In a bid to generate awareness about resources, San Juan College is hosting two events Wednesday for veterans interested in starting a business or other help they might not know about.

The San Juan College Veteran Center and Small Business Development Center will be hosting two events in the Henderson Fine Arts Center from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The breakfast and business counseling event for veteran business owners begins at 7:30 a.m. in room 9012 in the fine arts center.

The event is held in conjunction with the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center, the Farmington Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo.

Small business development director Carmen Martinez said hosting both veteran events on the same day is more convenient than splitting the events as was done in past years.

During breakfast, speakers will introduce attendees to resources and support programs veterans can use to help start or expand their business.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the center will have individual counseling available for veterans who have business questions. The sessions are free and confidential.

Martinez said some businesses just need a different set of eyes on prospects or projects to reaffirm their plans.

"Even seasoned business owners get tunnel vision," Martinez said. "They live and breath their business and it's difficult for them to get outside of that. Seeing with a different pair of eyes, we can come up with other ideas to help them out. Different options they might not be able to see.



In its fourth year running, the Veterans Affairs benefits awareness day will help veterans who need assistance with medical, school and other issues but do not know where to turn.

The event is open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in rooms 9008 and 9010 in the fine arts center.

"They know the basic stuff, like where the VA clinic is but they might not know the (Veterans of Foreign Wars) can help them if they need gas or something similar," said Veteran Center Coordinator David Drake.

Drake said he is finalizing the groups that will be in attendance. Topics they will be able to offer information on include legal outreach, medical advice and a variety of counseling groups.

His position as Veteran Center Coordinator was created last summer and Drake said hopes to help veterans who might be going through life issues and need counseling.

"A lot of people get in a jam and just don't know where to go," Drake said. "Hopefully, I have a resource they can use when in a jam."

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