Small Business Resources for Veterans


Veterans day 2017 is a day we can reflect on the sacrifices made by our heroes in uniform.  It’s also a time to honor our vets who are small business owners and entrepreneurs.  The US Small Business Administration provides a wealth of resources for our vets who are starting a small business with tools, funding, advice and workshops to help get our vet’s small business running and growing.

The main department within the SBA that works with veteran business is The Office of Veterans Business Development.  Their mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.

This year the SBA features National Veterans Small Business Week 2017 which includes local events and online events.  Vets can search an interactive map to look for events near them such as the Boots to Business seminars.  Access the online event map here.
Other Key SBA resources for Vets
  • Boots to Business – Boots to Business is the two-step entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center – The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. The SBA has 20 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
  • Bunker in a Box – The recently introduced Bunker In a Box, the next step for active duty military & veterans who want to start their own businesses and jumpstart the next chapter in their life. Created by The Bunker, it’s the ultimate source of thought leadership from top entrepreneurs and veterans around the U.S.
  • SBA Resource Center – The SBA Maintains comprehensive resource center for veterans and their spouses that covers everything from training through government contracting.
  • Veteran Entrepreneurial Portal (VA.Gov) – The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) is designed to save you time with direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship. VEP makes it easier for small businesses to access federal services, regardless of its source—and quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices’ and information.
  • Department of Labor’s Veterans Employee Training Service – VETS serve America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

To all Vets…we thank you for your service and dedication!

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