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Programs Supporting Veterans in Business
Discover and connect with a range of programs, resources and networks tailored to supporting Veterans, Reservist, and Active Duty Military Personnel in starting, growing and succeeding in self-employment and small business ownership.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hosts state-based Offices of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), which are dedicated to serving veteran entrepreneurs by formulating, executing and promoting policies and programs to assist with starting and developing small business ventures. Contact your local SBA/OVBD District Office for help with preparing and planning for venture launch, as well as learning about options and benefits for becoming a certified disabled veteran business enterprise.
Operation Boots to Business: From service to start-up, this three-step training program is offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an elective track within the Department of Defense's revised Training Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS). The program provides valuable assistance to transitioning service members who are exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. To learn more about this program, visit SBA.gov
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is an educational program that offers cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 military veterans disabled as a result of their service to our country. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurship and small business ownership to our veterans, by developing competencies in accounting, human resources, marketing, advertising, financing, small business law, government contracts, and business planning. This program is entirely without cost to eligible veteran, including travel, lodging, meals, and all program fees. Learn more or view the Application Process.
Government contracting refers to a comprehensive process whereby the Government contracts with private sector organizations for the delivery of products and services. Registered veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) may be eligible for participating in these contract opportunities. To learn more about this process, visit the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), a program office within the Department's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization (OSDBU).