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Business owner hosts networking event for fellow veterans

Former Navy SEAL will share information about becoming certified as a service-disabled, veteran-owned business.

Chris Wyllie, a former Navy SEAL who runs

Chris Wyllie, a former Navy SEAL who runs a technology and smart systems integration company in Hauppauge, is organizing a networking event for other disabled veterans who are business owners. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Former Navy SEAL and current Hauppauge business owner Chris Wyllie will host an April networking event for service-disabled veterans who are business owners.

Wyllie, owner of technology and systems integration company SEAL (Security, Electronics, Automation & Lighting) Solutions Inc. and co-owner of Simplay, an indoor simulator game space where the event will be held, organized it to allow service-disabled veterans who own businesses “to meet and mingle in a fun, informal environment.”

Wyllie, 44, who said he served in the Navy’s SEAL Team 2 in the special warfare division for about eight years, also said he has plates in his neck and a herniated disk, among other service-related ailments. He served one tour in the Persian Gulf. He was given a 70 percent disability rating by doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said.

Wyllie’s SEAL Solutions business is a state-certified service-disabled, veteran-owned business. At the event, information about obtaining such a business certification will be provided.

It’s important for veterans to learn about all the resources available to them, said David Chiaro, a veterans affairs adviser at the Small Business Development Center in Farmingdale, who helps service-disabled veterans navigate the certification process.

“Slowly but surely the word has been getting out. And events like this one can only help spread the word even more,” Chiaro said. The certification “allows service-disabled veterans to become eligible to procure a certain percentage of government contracts across all sectors.”

The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act established a 6 percent goal for participation on state contracts by service-disabled veteran-owned firms certified by New York State, according to NY.gov.

The networking event will be held April 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 180 Commerce Dr. in Hauppauge. Veterans are encouraged to RSVP at sealteam@sealav.com or 631-617-6362 by April 11, but walk-ins are welcome.

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