Drexel Hamilton Founder and Chairman, Lawrence Doll, was honored with the Veteran Small Business Champion Award on May 1, 2017 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office. Doll was recognized for significant contributions to, and dedicated support of small business. “New York SBA is honoring the contributions of small business owners throughout the week of April 30th to May 6th,” said John Mallano, Deputy District Director of the New York SBA.
Doll, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, founded the full-service institutional broker/dealer in 2007 on the principle of offering meaningful employment opportunities to disabled veterans. Understanding that veterans traditionally struggle finding work after returning from duty, Drexel Hamilton’s priority is to hire those who have served our country, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half of the 40% veterans the firm employs are recognized as service-disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
While accepting the award, Doll expressed, “When I was 19 years old, I was a scout in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and seriously wounded. When I came back from Vietnam our country was split, and if you were a veteran, you could take a lot of heat. I’ll never forget the people who had helped me, the people who believed in me. I was just a young kid.”
“When I had the opportunity to start a disabled-veteran owned broker-dealer, I had two missions: One, to have great broker-dealer with value added for our customers, and the second was to train some of these disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan – men and women coming back who have volunteered to protect us with their lives,” shared Doll.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Although the agency has evolved in the years since it was established, the bottom line mission remains the same – helping Americans to start, build and grow their businesses. For more information, visit: U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office.