HARRISBURG – The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee passed a bill today that would provide a valuable new marketing tool for businesses owned by veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard, according to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
Senate Bill 957 would direct the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to create special logos to promote veteran-owned businesses. The DMVA would also be charged with development of the application and necessary criteria to receive the designation, as well as verification of military status of the business owners seeking a logo. An individual who fraudulently holds him or herself out to be a veteran for the purpose of obtaining this designation commits a misdemeanor of the third degree.
The proposal mirrors a successful program currently being utilized in the state of Wisconsin.
“Many veterans throughout the state have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and we should find new ways to support their efforts to create jobs in our communities,” Bartolotta said. “This is another way that we can offer our thanks to the brave men and women who have served our country – by supporting their dreams of owning a thriving business.”
The bill was sent to the full Senate for consideration.
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