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Small Business Guide for Veterans

By NicoleD
Published: November 11, 2010 Updated: November 7, 2011

There are a number of programs and services from the government and non-profit organizations specifically designed to help veterans start and grow their businesses.

General Information Guides

To get started, first read through the Veteran-Owned Business Guide, where you'll find information for veterans looking to start and finance their business, as well as information on government contracting opportunities. Additionally, the brief article-From Military Service to Entrepreneur- Tools for the Veteran-Owned Small Business

  • Registering As a Veteran-Owned Business
    'How do I register as a veteran-owned business' is one of the most commonly asked questions by new or aspiring veteran business owners. Though there is no formal government registration process, there are other opportunities for you and your business that you can self-certify for.
  • Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise
    A website from the Department of Veteran Affairs, dedicated to assisting veterans in starting and building businesses.

Financing Resources

There are a number of low-interest loan programs specifically for veterans and members of the military community to help them obtain business financing. Additional financing opportunities are available in the Veteran-Owned Business Guide.

While the federal government does not provide grants to veterans or any other aspiring business owner for the purpose of starting or expanding a business, there are some grants available to non profits that provide assistance to veterans.

Government Contracting Assistance

Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small businesses, including veteran-owned businesses.

Additionally, you may want to consider your state procurement agency to register as a contractor and find and bid on opportunities. For more information, read this brief article about Getting Started in State and Local Government Contracting.

Employing Veterans - Information for Employers 

Are you looking to hire high-quality employees? Are you looking for hiring incentives? If so, you may be interested in recruiting and hiring veterans and disabled employees. Read this brief article to learn how to enhance your workforce and save money by hiring veterans.

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