(Update: Due to changes on the SBA’s website, many of the links below are broken. A more up-to-date list can be found here.)
Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, the official holiday honoring people who have served in the nation’s armed services. As part of our salute to veterans, here is a list of three Small Business Administration (SBA) financing programs and five other SBA resources that encourage the creation and support of veteran-owned businesses.
(This information, along with other federal programs that support entrepreneurship among veterans, can also be found on the SmallBusiness.com WIKI.)
1. Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative
This initiative is for veterans and members of the military community who want to establish or expand a small business.
2. Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan
This provides funds to eligible small businesses to meet operating expenses that can’t be met due to an essential employee being called to active duty.
3. Loans and Grants Search Tool
(Photo via MediaWiki Commons)
Many states and other organizations also provide loans to veterans. This search tool assists in looking for such programs in your state.
4. Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup
(Photo: USAF Drill Team via USAF on Flickr)
The Boots to Business program uses a multi-phased approach to introduce transitioning service members to the fundamentals of small business ownership and to the SBA tools and resources available to them.
5. Veterans Business Outreach Centers
These centers provide entrepreneurial development services for veterans.
6. Office of Veterans Business Development
This office provides access to training, counseling and assistance.
7. National Veterans Business Development Conference & Expo
(U.S. Army Golden Eagles, Photo: via armygk.com)
This annual conference focuses on veteran-owned small businesses and federal procurement opportunities.
8. SBA Resources for People with Disabilities
(US Navy Blue Angels, Photo: on Flickr via DVIDSHUB)
This resource offers information about starting, financing and running a small business aimed at disabled persons, including service-disabled veterans.
On the SmallBusiness.com WIKI: Veterans Category Hub