Add SBA’s Resource Partner Network to Your #VetBiz Journey

Business ownership isn’t a solo mission. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a variety of resources available to support both current and aspiring transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouse business owners throughout their entrepreneurship journey. This National Veterans Small Business Week, find out how the SBA can help you during your mission to #VetBiz success!

The SBA is dedicated to providing service members, veterans, and military spouses the tools they need to succeed in business—but we couldn’t do it without our partners! Veterans service organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, and government agencies also offer resources, tools, and programs to help your business at every step of the way. 

Here are some resources you can use throughout your mission to success:

SBA District Offices: There are 68 SBA district offices across the nation with resources to help you start, grow, or expand your veteran-owned business. From business training to funding opportunities, the SBA has you covered. 

Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC): VBOCs are your one-stop shop to entrepreneurship resources. Each center offers a variety of services including business workshops, government contracting opportunities, and top-notch guidance on how to get your business off the ground.

SCORE: Are you looking for a business mentor? SCORE provides both in-person and online counseling services for whatever you need throughout your new or existing business venture. SCORE also offers free online workshops for entrepreneurs.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): SBDCs deliver comprehensive programs to address all of your small business needs. Find technical assistance, consulting, and training services to help your business grow and thrive.

Women’s Business Centers (WBC): WBCs are leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Through training, counseling, and access to capital services, WBCs are equipped to prepare you for the unique obstacles you may face as a woman veteran in the business world.

DoD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO): SECO gives military spouses the opportunity to bring their very own business ideas to life. In addition to providing business tools and resources, the MySECO portal lets you connect with other military spouse entrepreneurs just like you. 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): If you’re interested in starting or growing a business within the agricultural field, USDA has the information you need to be successful. Services like crop insurance and farm loans are available to support veterans who are transitioning from the military to the farm.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E): VR&E is designed to support service-disabled veterans across the business lifecycle. These services are specialized to help you break down employment barriers and lead your business to success. 

To learn more about the SBA’s Resource Partner Network, check out www.sba.gov/vetbiz today—and don’t forget to share your story on social media using the hashtag #VetBiz!