Military Veteran Small Business Resources
Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (OVBD) Act of 1999 provides for the availability of loans, loan repayment deferrals (specifically when Reservists are called up for duty), counseling, managerial, and technical assistance to small businesses started and operated by veterans and service-disabled veterans. This agency is responsible for organizing public and private resources for business development endeavors. For more details and a great deal of useful federal links, visit www.smallbusinessnotes.com.
The Veterans Business Outreach Program
The Veterans Business Outreach Program of the the Small Business Administration (SBA) is there to provide services to vets including business training, mentoring. This agency is broken down into regions around the nation that have Outreach Centers which will provide pre-business plan workshops, business plan preparations, concept assessments, comprehensive feasibility analysis, and other business developmental related services such as international trade, internet marketing, franchising, and accounting. For all the locations and contact information, visit here.
For those who paid a high price for their service, be sure and take advantage of the government services available at Disability.gov. disability.gov. Once there, you will find information on tax incentives, financial aid, business plans, technical support and training. On the left side of this web page, you will find "Information by State" for links to more resources in your area.
Start-Up USA Veterans with Disabilities and Self-Employment Training Series is a private sector resource that has a highly successful entrepreneur, blinded in Viet Nam, leading the charge with valuable information about everything you need to know to help you win at the game.
Local Help in Your State
Many states offer assistance programs through various state agencies. The thing to do is check with your local VA to find out or the local version of the Small Business Administration. Do a little homework and find out what they have to offer. Hopefully you’ll find, as did I on many occasions, that people are happy to assist veterans. Even town halls have veteran liaisons that can put you in contact with the right people. Best of luck to you and remember, now that your term of service is over to this great nation, it’s time to reap the benefits of being a capitalist. Finally, if you’re a vet that has experience or knowledge of any other useful resources regarding this matter, do your fellow vets a solid and write about it in the comment box below. Never leave your buddies behind.