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Small Business Administration Resources for Veterans

Rhett Jeppson
Jan 28th, 2015
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    1Vets can enjoy many resources to ensure success. 2All 5 government resources are free to use. 3Programs are for both startups and existing businesses.
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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.

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, 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 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 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 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. 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

This article was written by Rhett Jeppson and published by SBA.gov.

Rhett Jeppson is the Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development.

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.