TABC offering assistance to military veterans seeking to start business in alcoholic beverage industry

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AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is working with statewide organizations and business leaders to assist military service members seeking to start their own businesses within the alcoholic beverage industry.

TABC’s Empowering Texas Veterans initiative, launched in 2019, partners veterans who have established a business in the industry with protégés who want to begin a business on their own. The mentor will advise the protégé on issues and challenges associated with establishing a new company.

“Our number-one goal with this program is to make sure there is no wrong door for veterans seeking information about breaking into the alcoholic beverage industry,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “We are proud to work with our partner agencies to ensure eligible veterans are directed to the right people with the right answers as they take their first steps into the industry.”

As the state’s regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC ensures mentors are able to assist potential business owners throughout the application process.

Multiple Texas state agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Comptroller, assist both mentors and protégés by providing administrative support as well as information on issues such as veterans’ benefits, licensing fees and more.

For more information about the program, help with starting a business, or to download an application, visit the TABC Veterans page.

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