Office of Veterans Business Development

Resources to Start, Grow, or Expand Your Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Service-disabled veterans may face obstacles after separating from active duty and transitioning back to civilian life. However, many have found renewed purpose as small business owners and have used their time in service to bring a unique and valued skill set to entrepreneurship.

If you’re a service-disabled veteran who has served our country proudly during active duty and now wish to continue that service as a small business owner, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a number of programs specifically catered to help you start, grow, or expand your business. Specifically, SBA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) provides entrepreneurship training through its institution grantees to aspiring and current service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs. Each grantee offers service-disabled veterans an immersive and hands-on entrepreneurial training experience. Grantees include:

  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)  combines entrepreneurial education with hands-on experience to guide you through the process of small business ownership by providing training, professional networking opportunities, and support to successfully launch your business. The program is hosted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
  • Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) is an experiential learning program offered by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. This program provides you with focused and practical training on business creation and growth, while offering continued support for you once you graduate.   
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is designed to provide the tools, education, and mentoring necessary for post-9/11 disabled veterans to start or grow their own businesses. The program is hosted by Saint Joseph’s University.
  • Dog Tag Inc. is an immersive educational program comprised of an educational component at Georgetown University, and an experiential component at Dog Tag Bakery, where you will experience small business ownership firsthand. 

Another avenue for business success for service-disabled veterans is government contracting. It can be a lucrative and rewarding opportunity for your business. The Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP) delivers entrepreneurship training to veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses nationwide. Under this program, its grantee, the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) offers courses for all stages of federal procurement:

  1. VIP START, if you want to enter or expand into the federal marketplace;  
  2. VIP GROW, if you want to increase your ability to win government contracts;  
  3. VIP INTERNATIONAL, if you want to enter and/or expand to contracting opportunities overseas. 

As a service-disabled veteran small business owner, you can also take advantage of other SBA resources and programs to help you on your journey to business ownership such as:

  • Boots to Business (B2B) and Boots to Business Reboot (B2BR) – free courses that provide you with an introduction to business ownership. B2B is offered on military installations through the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program and B2B Reboot is offered in your local community.
     
  • Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) – your one-stop shop, empowering you to start, grow, or expand your own business. VBOCs are there to link you to the resources you need for your business, ranging from mentorship and counseling, to additional business training. 

To learn more about other resources available for service-disabled veterans, visit sba.gov/veterans.