U.S. military veterans display many of the same leadership qualities as successful entrepreneurs. Some even go on to launch their own businesses upon their return. Luckily, there are resources available to help those veteran owned businesses thrive in a competitive environment. Below are resources for veteran business owners that can help start and grow successful businesses.
Resources for Veteran Business Owners
Veteran Business Outreach Centers
The SBA provides assistance to veterans in their local communities through Veteran Business Outreach Centers. The centers can help veterans access resources such as business training, counseling and mentoring, right in their local communities.
Veteran Fast Launch Initiative
From SCORE, the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative provides mentoring and training, along with free software and other services, to military veteran entrepreneurs.
Veteran Entrepreneur Portal
A part of the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal provides access to a number of business tools and services, from business education to financing opportunities. The site also provides links and information related to government programs and services created specifically for veterans.
Boots to Business
Boots to Business is another program of the SBA. It’s a two-step entrepreneurial training program that includes a two-day classroom course and an eight-week online course that offer instruction on forming a business plan and other essential elements of early business ownership.
National Veteran Small Business Coalition
This organization supports veteran owned small businesses by promoting policies that encourage participation of veteran owned businesses in federal contracting opportunities. Members receive access to resources related to federal contracting.
SBA Contracting Support for Small Businesses
The SBA also offers resources for service-disabled veteran owned businesses looking to procure federal contracts. The SDVOSBC program allows procuring agencies to set aside contracts specifically for veteran owned businesses.
American Corporate Partners
This non-profit organization connects U.S. veterans to business leaders for mentorship and career advice. The organization partners with businesses and institutions like Allstate, AT&T, Whirlpool, HP and many more to find mentors and assistance for veteran participants.