Resources for Veteran Business Owners

Resources for Veteran Business Owners

Veterans -  20 Resources to Build and Promote your Veteran Owned Businesses




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Description: 20 Resources to Build and Promote your Veteran Owned Businesses


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.


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. It offers instruction on forming a business plan and other essential elements of early business ownership.



The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a rich resource of all things vet and military business.


The mission of VAMBOA is to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners of all sizes. If you are a veteran looking to open a business, VAMBOA is a great place to start. The site provides everything from business coaching information to finance, mentorship, contracts, events and more.



The VetToCEO program is a program which explores entrepreneurship as a career path for vets. This is a not for profit organization that supports veterans and transitioning military members so they can succeed in business ownership.


The core program lasts seven weeks and it is available for veterans and active guard and reserve military for free.


National Veteran Small Business Coalition

This organization supports veteran-owned small businesses. For example, it promotes policies that encourage the participation of veteran-owned businesses in federal contracting opportunities. While it specializes in providing access to federal contracting it does much more for vets.



The BusinessUSA Veterans Resource tool is an interactive guide to help vets find the most relevant federal, state and local tools to help start and grow their businesses.


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. This includes everything from business education to financing opportunities. The site also provides links and information related to government programs and services created specifically for veterans.


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.



VetBizCentral is a veteran-run site that assists veterans and active-duty military entrepreneurs. It does so through training and counseling, networking opportunities, mentoring and advocacy.


Institute for Veteran and Military Families

A program of Syracuse University, IVMF provides a wide variety of resources for military veterans. There are plenty of resources specifically geared toward veterans re-entering the workforce or looking to start their own businesses.



The National Veteran-Owned Business Association is a membership-based program that advocates for vets. The association works as a watchdog to hold the federal government accountable to its veteran contractor mandates. Likewise, it encourages large businesses to work with veteran-owned small business vendors.


21 Gun Salute Initiative

The GSA’s program to support service-disabled veteran-owned businesses is known as the 21 Gun Salute Initiative. The initiative includes an action plan aimed at meeting or exceeding the goal of reserving 3% of contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.


Vetrepreneur Mentoring

Vetrepreneur Mentoring provides mentoring services to help vets with everything from contractor registration to website creation.


EBV Foundation

EBV Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities offers experiential training in entrepreneurship and business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-related disabilities. The foundation provides grants to graduates of the program, help with business plan development, raising donations for participating schools and more.


Patriot Boot Camp

Presented by Techstars, Patriot Boot Camp is an accelerator program focused on helping military veterans and their spouses build technology companies. Open to all active-duty military members, veterans and their spouses, PBC’s main program is a 3-day event. The event provides participants with free education, training and mentorship.


Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses

The purpose for the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses, Inc. (FAVOB) is to promote and unite the many established and start-up businesses that are owned by Veterans and Disabled Veterans throughout the State of Florida, and to increase awareness of the organization at the city, county, state and federal levels.