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If you are a veteran or a service-disabled veteran, there are many opportunities for you and your small business. It is important that you certify your small business as Veteran-Owned or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned so you can take advantage of the resources designed especially for you.
Resources for Veterans
Visit our Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned page to learn about places to receive guidance for your business, financing your business and applying for government contracts.
In addition, visit the Veterans Business Outreach Centers page. The SBA has 16 resource centers around the country that provide services such as mentoring, training, business preparation and more, exclusively for veterans.
As a veteran, you may qualify for government contracting. Obtaining government contracts is an excellent way to grow a small business. Visit Register for Government Contracting to learn more about the registrations you will need and the steps to start bidding for contracts.
If you are a Service Disabled Veteran-owned business, you may be able to become a part of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern program. This procurement program was set aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSBC) and provides that federal contracting officers may restrict competition to SDVOSBCs and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met. The government-wide goal is not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.
If you are not a veteran but are interested in expanding your staff to include veterans, there are several programs that encourage employers to hire veterans as employees. Be sure to visit the Hiring Veterans page and read through the information so that you understand the process as well as the applicable laws and regulations.