Nick Auletta receives the NYSBDC Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award. From left, SBDC Advisor Dave Chiaro, Auletta, New York State Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Director Ken Williams, SBDC Advisor Rob Piechota.
On May 22, the New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) presented TruView President Nicholas Auletta with the organization’s Veteran Business/Entrepreneur of the Year Award for exemplifying how veteran and small business entrepreneurs can make a positive impact on the state’s economy.
The award was presented at the annual NYSBDC dinner and awards ceremony at the HNA Palisades Premier Convention Center in Palisades, New York. TruView was among eight small businesses from around the state who were honored for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to their communities.
In receiving the award, Nick said, “I have such an amazing support structure that I owe this to. We have an amazing team at TruView. ‘Together We Eat’ is one of the sayings we have because we really are one team with one dream, and I’m so proud of the team we have there… I also have an amazing support structure in the men and women of the Farmingdale SBDC and, specifically, my SBDC advisor Dave Chiaro, and [New York State Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development] Director Ken Williams. I feel I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, and that allows our business to continue to do great things.”
Nick is a former U.S. Army Captain and two-time Bronze Star awardee, having spent over 44 months and three tours of duty deployed in Iraq combat zones. TruView recently was verified as a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, complementing the company’s New York State SDVOB certification.
NYSBDC is a business assistance organization that provide expert management and technical assistance to startup and existing small business across the state. It is administered by State University of New York and funded by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses. Through 24 campus-based regional centers and 29 outreach offices, the NYSBDC applies the resources of university, private sector, and government to solve business problems and foster entrepreneurship. It is part of a network of state chapters that comprise America’s Small Business Development Center, an umbrella organization that promotes and supports the SBDC network members.