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Veterans Business Outreach Centers

Office of Veterans Business Development

Veterans Business Outreach Program

The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is 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 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Works:

VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment. An important segment of these workshops entails the usage of the Internet as a tool for developing and expanding businesses. Each client is afforded the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments:

VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations:

VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a five-year business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal form of the business, equipment requirements and cost, organizational structure, a strategic plan, market analysis, and a financial plan. Financial plans include financial projections, budget policies, and funding requirements.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis:

VBOCs provide assistance in identifying and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. The results of the analysis are unutilized to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling:

VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, target entrepreneurial training projects and counseling sessions tailored specifically to address the needs and concerns of the service-disabled veteran entrepreneur.

Mentorship:

VBOCs conduct, as appropriate, on-site visits with clients to ensure adherence to their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine whether a revision of the business plan is warranted or that desired results are being attained.

Other Business Development Related Services:

VBOCs also provide assistance and training in such areas as international trade, franchising, Internet marketing, accounting, etc.

 

CENTER LOCATIONS AND AREAS OF COVERAGE

REGION I

Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center
Address
360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Suite 209, Lawrence, MA 01843
States Covered

Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire

Point of Contact
Walter Wise

Phone: 617-938-3933; Fax: 603-262-1503; Email: wwise@nevbrc.org: Webpage: http://www.nevbrc.org

 

REGION II

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York SUNY 
Address
6 Executive Park Dr., Entrance B., Albany, NY  12203
States Covered

New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Point of Contact
Amy Amoroso

Phone: 518-380-5069; Fax: 518-380-5071

Email:  aamoroso@albany.edu; Webpage: http://www.NYVETBIZ.com  

The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Address
1 Washington Park, Suite 360, Newark, NJ 07102
States Covered

New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Point of Contact
Vacant

Phone: 973-353-3429; Fax: 973-353-3129;

Email:   Webpage: www.NJVetBiz.com

 

REGION III

Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Address
4111 Monarch Way, Suite 103, Norfolk,  VA 23508
States Covered

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia

Point of Contact
Cherylynn Sagester

Phone: - 757-683-4793; Fax: 757-683-5509;

Email: csageste@odu.edu ; Webpage: http://www.hrvboc.com

 

REGION IV

The University of West Florida in Pensacola

Address
5230 West highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401
States Covered

Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina

Point of Contact
Brenton Peacock

Phone: 1-800-542-7232 or 805-769-1551, ext 3327; Fax: 850-747-3255;

Email: bpeacock@vboc.org; Webpage: http://www.vboc.org

The Veterans Business Outreach Center @ Fayetteville State Universit

Address
1200 Murchison Road, Newbold Station, Fayetteville, NC 28301
States Covered

Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina

Point of Contact
Robert Rehder

Phone: 910-672-1107; Fax: 910-672-2122;

Email: rrehder@uncfsu.edu; Webpage: http://www.fsuvboc.com

 

REGION V

VetBiz Central, Inc

Address
501 South Averill Avenue, Flint, MI 48506
States Covered

Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana

Point of Contact
Matthew Sherwood

Phone: 810-767-8387; Fax: 810-767-8662;

Email: matt@vetbizcentral.org; Webpage: http://www.vetbizcentral.org

 

REGION VI

The University of Texas - Pan American

Address
CESS Building, 1407 East Freddy Gonzalez Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539
States Covered

Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma

Point of Contact
Carlos Gutierrez

Phone: 956-665-7567; Fax: 956-665-7561;

Email: cgutierrez@utpa.edu; Webpage: http://www.utpa.edu/vboc

New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center

Address
5201 Eagle Rock Ave., NE, Suite 2A, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113
States Covered

Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma

Points of Contact
Joseph Long

Phone: 505-383-2403; Fax: 505-383-2413;

Email: Joseph.Long@state@nm.us; Webpage: http://nmvboc.org

Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Address
107 South Lake Arthur Avenue, Suite #7, Jennings, LA 70576
States Covered

Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma

Point of Contact
Charles Achane

Phone: 337-337-824-3900: Fax: 337-824-6600;

Email: swlabdc@charter.net & swlabdc@yahoo.com; Webpage: www.lvboc.net

 

REGION VII

Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Address
315 Lemay Ferry Road, #114, MO 63125
States Covered

Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska

Point of Contact
Darcella Craven
Phone: 314-531-8387/8386; Fax: 877-825-4190;
 
 
 
 

REGION VIII

Rocky Boys Veteran's Association

Address
1/6 Veterans Park Rd., Box Elder, MT 59521; Mailing Address:American Legion Post 67, P.O. Box 226, Box Elder, MT 59521
States Covered

Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota

Point of Contact
Chauncey Parker

Phone: 406-395-5610; Fax: 406-395-4503;

Email: cparker@rockyboyveterans.org; Webpage: http://www.rockyboyveterans.org

 

REGION IX

Veterans Business Outreach Center - Region IX

Address
4608 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento, CA  95834
States Covered

California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada

Point of Contact
Coreena Conley

Phone: 916-527-8400; Fax: 916-543-1611;

Email: admin@vbocix.org;  Webpage: www.vbocix.org

Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Address
590 South Marine Corps Drive, ITC Bldg., Suite 511, Tamuning, Guam 96913
States Covered

California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada

Point of Contact
Frank Crisostomo-Kaaihue

Phone 671-475-4900; Fax: 671-475-4901;

Email: frank@guamvboc.com; Webpage: www.guamvboc.com

 

REGION X

Seattle Business Assistance Center

Address
1437 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
States Covered

Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon

Point of Contact
Lynn Trepp

Phone: 206-324-4330, ext. 139; Fax 206-324-4322;

Email: lynnt@seattleccd.com; Webpage: http://seattleccd.com/drupal/VBOC