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VR Small knows how to turn vision into reality. As the founder and chief executive officer, for the Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center (VWEC), a national initiative to empower entrepreneur women associated with the military to scale for success. VR is driving social, and economic change across our nation.

She testified for the original House Bill to make June 12, Women Veterans Day in Texas. In 2020, she launched the first annual, statewide “Women Veterans: The Pitch” in celebration of Women Veterans Day, highlighting the innovations, and economic impact of current/potential women veteran entrepreneurs across the state of Texas, which to date continues annually.

The VWEC Founder/CEO VR Small continues to be an active member of the Women Veteran Business Coalition, the Reimagine Main Street Network, and served on the 30th Congressional District Veteran, as well as TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs. Advisory Committees. She is a fellow of SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity—Inclusive Economy, Dallas Public Voices, and the Bush Institute Stand-to-Veteran Leadership Program and appointed a Women Veterans 2030 Commissioner. Featured in Dallas Innovates 2020: The Future 50 North Texans to watched, VR is SBA’s DFW District 2020 Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year, a Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Center for Women Veterans (CWV), 2021 Trailblazer “Women Veterans Leading the Way” a Dallas Business Journal 2021 Women in Business Honoree, nominated 2022 Entrepreneur Evangelist of the Year, a finalists for D CEO’s 2022 Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards Leadership Excellence (Micro), 2022 Dallas Award for Business Development Services and a Rolling Out Magazine, Sisters with Superpowers Honoree.

VR’s inspiring journey and work supporting women veteran entrepreneurs has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, on the cover of the 2022 Winter Issue of AVOW, and the soon to be published 2022 Marquis Who’s Who in America®.

A media favorite featured on NBC 5 Texas Today, FOX 4, Shaun Rabb: Here & Now, Spectrum News: In Focus, FOX 4, Good Day Dallas, River City Live, WJXT – Jacksonville, Fl. Rance Adams; Daytime Diva, Lynne Haze, CW33 MORNING, WFAA Weekend Daybreak, Axios, and Best of Guide TV to name a few. This year the VWEC will open its new facility in the Comerica BusinessHQ, a five-million-dollar renovation creating
a community small business center in southern Dallas.

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