May 19--The Small Business Administration has named the Tacoma/South Sound chapter of SCORE as the 2014 Washington Veteran Small Business Champion.

SCORE is a nonprofit agency whose volunteers provide free mentoring to small businesses and future entrepreneurs.The award honors those who have fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

"The skills veterans acquire from service can be directly translated into owning and operating a business," said Nancy Porzio, SBA Seattle district director. "Without the help of the Tacoma/South Sound chapter of SCORE, we wouldn't be able to reach as many transitioning service members through our Boots to Business program."

The SBA Boots to Business initiative is a two-step training program that ensures every transitioning service member has access to the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business.