Directories:Programs for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs
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SBA Military Veterans Programs
SBA Office of Veterans Business Development
The mission of the U.S. Small Business Administrations Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.
- External links:
- SBA Office of Veterans Business Development website.
- Directory of District Veterans Business Development Officers - Each SBA district office has such and officer. This map/directory will help you locate one nearby.
Veterans Business Outreach Program
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is an SBA-backed program designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has eight organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
- External link:
- Veterans Business Outreach Programs (VBOP) - Information about the program and a directory of the eight programs.
Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative
The Patriot Loan Initiative is a program to assist veterans and members of the military community wanting to establish or expand small businesses. The program provides special assistance and backing for veterans seeking a loan under the SBA's 7(a) Loan Program.
- External link:
- Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative - Information on the program found on SBA.gov.
U.S. Veterans Administration
The Center For Veterans Enterprise (CVE)
The mission of the Veterans Administrations Center for Veterans Enterprise is to improve the business climate for veterans, to minimize access barriers and to inform the public about the benefits of working with veteran-owned small businesses. The service can be of assistance to veteran-runned businesses who seek to sell services and products to the government as it provide "acquisition teams" that offer procurement coaching, free market research, awareness briefings and awards for noteworthy achievements.
- External link: VetBiz.gov - Center for Veterans Enterprise website
Non-Governmental Non-Profit Programs
Entrepreneurship Bootcamps for Vets with Disabilities (EBV)
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a week-long free program provided by university business schools that offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Schools participating: UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University College of Business, Mays Business School at Texas A&M, and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
The Veterans Corporation
The National Veterans Business Development Corporation, doing business as The Veterans Corporation is not a federal agency, but is a federally-chartered 501(c)(3) organization that was created by the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999. The Veterans Corporation is charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for veterans, including service-disabled veterans. The board of directors is appointed by the President of the United States and provides governance over TVC. TVC provides veterans with the tools and resources they need to be successful in business, including:
- Access to Capital
- Access to Business Services
- Entrepreneurial Education
- Surety Bonding
- Insurance and Prescription Coverage
- Veterans Business Directory
- External link: TVC website
- Note: This directory is specifically about governmental and non-profit programs for military veterans who want to start and run a business. Please do not add links to commercial services related to this topic.