Veteran entrepreneurs can get free help and resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These U.S. Small Business Administration resource partners have almost 1,500 locations across the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico to help veterans who want to start their own business or grow an existing business. All partners can advise veterans on small business loans and provide training and support on a wide variety of challenges small business owners face, from access to capital to marketing.
Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs
Veterans Business Outreach Center
Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, support and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans who already own or are considering starting a small business. For more information on this resource for veteran entrepreneurs, visit: http://www.sba.gov/content/veterans-business-outreach-centers.
Women’s Business Centers
Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) are designed to assist women start and grow small businesses. WBCs operate with the mission to “level the playing field” for women veteran entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business. WBCs offer comprehensive training and guidance on a variety of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses. For more information, visit: http://www.sba.gov/content/women’s-business-centers.
Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring veteran entrepreneurs. SBDCs foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention. SBDC clients receive free, extensive, one-on-one, long-term professional business advising, low-cost training and other specialized services. For more information, visit: http://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-development-centers-sbdcs
SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses, including veteran entrepreneurs, get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Volunteer business counselors, advisors and mentors provide free, confidential business counseling, free business tools, and inexpensive or free business workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. For more information visit: www.score.org
SBA District Offices
SBA District offices offer one-on-one and group programs on a wide variety of business topics for aspiring and existing small business owners, as well as connections and referral to lenders. Veteran entrepreneurs should ask to speak to a Veterans Business Development Officer (VBDO) or a staff member who is available to help you start, manage and grow a successful small business. For more information, visit: http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices