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Office of Veterans Business Development

Virtual Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

At the SBA, we’re in the business of empowering military and veteran entrepreneurs with the resources you need to be successful – especially now, given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses.

Thanks to your continued service to our country, you’re well-equipped with the skills to adapt and stay resilient during unpredictable times like these. The SBA, along with our resource partners, is doing the same as we pivot to provide virtual resources, guidance, and support for you during this time. We may be operating a little differently given the circumstances, but we want to let you know that we’re still open for business.

If you’re a military or veteran small business owner looking for virtual support, here are 3 ways you can find it through the SBA.

1. Connect with your local Veterans Business Outreach Center

Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) are still your one-stop shop for counseling and mentorship, access to capital resources, entrepreneurial workshops, and much more. In fact, VBOC services are now available either online or over the phone. If you’re interested in connecting with a VBOC, we encourage you to reach out to one of our 22 centers across the country to learn more about what your virtual options are. Find a VBOC near you.

2. Explore the SBA’s virtual entrepreneurship training programs

Did you know that many of the SBA’s entrepreneurship programs are now being offered in a virtual setting? It’s true, and this includes our flagship entrepreneurial education and training program, Boots to Business. Boots to Business is now available in a real-time virtual format for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. We’ve already provided workshops for all service branches, using virtual platforms such as WebEx, GoToMeeting, Blackboard, and Zoom. And get this – if your preferred platform is not on this list, we’re prepared to find a solution that works for you. Learn more about Boots to Business and how this course can help you navigate the world of small business ownership.

Also, through an SBA grant, the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network (VETRN) is currently accepting applications for their first-ever online Streetwise MBA program to provide virtual training for veteran small business owners and their immediate families beginning in August 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will cover crisis management in addition to topics including strategic planning, access to capital, and government contracting. Visit www.vetrn.org to learn more and apply.

If you’re looking for additional business training and workshops, the SBA’s entrepreneurship training programs for women veterans, service-disabled veterans, and veterans interested in federal procurement are also transitioning to online environments. Learn more about these programs and their current availability.

3. Take advantage of the SBA’s extensive resource partner network

Small business ownership can be tough, but we’re here to remind you that you’re not alone. The SBA has a number of resource partners that are ready to help you succeed as an entrepreneur. In addition to our SBA District Offices and VBOCs, our partners at the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Women’s Business Centers (WBC), and SCORE are just a phone call away. If you’re looking for virtual guidance and support, get in touch with your local SBA resource partner.

Additionally, SBDC and WBC have worked together to create a federal resource website specifically for small businesses who have been affected by COVID-19. Check it out to find relevant federal agency resources, access the latest news, or search for a Small Business Advisor near you.

For more information on the SBA’s resources for veteran entrepreneurs, visit http://bit.ly/JuneVetBiz2.

 

As the situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the SBA’s top priority is to continue to support the small business community, including the military and veteran small business community. Please visit sba.gov/coronavirus for information.

This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development.