Business Resources

Since 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped Veterans start, manage and grow small businesses. Today, SBA offers a full range of entrepreneurial support programs to every American and specific programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reservists and National Guard Members. The SBA’s mission job is to help you successfully transition from world’s finest warrior to world’s finest small business owner.

SBA Resource Partners

Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) provide free business consulting and free or low-cost training services to aspiring Vetrepreneurs – active duty or past military service as well as military spouses – and veteran-owned small businesses throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, and its territories.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services to small businesses and aspiring civilian and military entrepreneurs throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SCORE’s nationwide network of experienced business owners and managers provide a variety of free business mentoring and low-cost training services at area chapters and online.

The nationwide network of Women’s Business Centers provides training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.

The IVMF designs and delivers world class educational and vocational training programs designed to provide service members, veterans and their families with the skills they need to be successful in business ownership, careers and life.

Boots to Business, an optional entrepreneurship training track in the DoD’s TAP GPS program for transitioning active duty personnel and military spouses.

Boots to Business Reboot for veterans and service members of all eras, National Guard and Reservists as well as military spouses through the US Small Business Administration.

V-WISE for active duty women, women veterans and military spouses.

EBV for Post 9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability.

EBV-F for military family members who are caregivers to a veteran with a service-connected disability and for surviving spouses of a military member who lost his or her life while in service.

The VBOC Region 2 recently partnered with Govology to offer government contracting training opportunities to our vets! We invite you to check out these free webinars. Register here: https://govology.com/live-webinars/  Remember to enter the code 24VBOC20 for free registration!

Our mission is to build stronger military families by developing entrepreneurial programs and support services that empower active-duty, veterans and military spouses to realize the American Dream of small business ownership, increasing financial stability and self-sufficiency of those who have served our country.

Other Resources

VETRN is a non-profit whose mission is to provide veterans, service-disabled veterans, National Guard and veteran family members with the skills, resources, mentoring and network necessary to enhance their ability to become successful small business owners by giving them the opportunity, free of charge, to attend the VETRN MBA Online program in entrepreneurship.

Vet to CEO is a veteran-managed non-profit organization that offers “Entrepreneurship for Transitioning Warriors”, a free 7-week online entrepreneurship training program for active duty military and veterans designed and facilitated by veterans for veterans.

The National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) offers 5 no-cost training tracks designed by seasoned executives from industry and government to help Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses increase their ability to win government contracts.

The NVSBC is the voice of the veteran and service disabled veteran owned small business (VOSB and SDVOSB) when talking to the Federal Government, and adds great value in terms of quickly disseminating messages about Federal Government policy to our members.

The VETCON Alliance is dedicated to aiding veterans facing socio-economic hardships by promoting growth and opportunities through education, entrepreneurship and employment. To achieve and advance this mission, the alliance will provide indispensable resources to veterans at VETCON, and through future endeavors.

The purpose of each New York Chamber of Commerce is to assist small businesses and enhance economic growth of the surrounding area. Chambers of Commerce provide local businesses with an opportunity to network with other businesses in the area by working together and coordinating events.

The purpose of each New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is to assist small businesses and enhance economic growth of the surrounding area. Chambers of Commerce provide local businesses with an opportunity to network with other businesses in the area by working together and coordinating events.

Bunker Labs is a National Not-For-Profit 501(C)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. We work to Inspire, Educate, and Connect veterans with the right resources and people locally to be successful, while also providing national tools and resources.

USDA grant funding supports a number of organizations devoted to providing technical assistance and education to beginning farmers. In particular, starting in 2014, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program offered set aside funding for veterans training.

Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education through Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) program, transitioning veterans are business ready, competitive, and employable.

The Veterans In Business (VIB) Network is a nonprofit organization that advocates for all veteran businesses including SDVOSBs and DVBEs. They provide resources, educational workshops, outreach opportunities, and more. They also strive to build connections between veteran businesses and corporations/government agencies looking to purchase goods and services. VIB Network co-founders, Cole Woodman and Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner, are both owners of successful SDVOSB/DVBE companies and have volunteered with various veteran organizations over the years.

Access to Capital Resources

Are you looking to start or grow your own small business? Adirondack Economic Development Corp. (AEDC) can help. We provide free business planning technical assistance, classroom training and access to commercial loan funds. For more than three decades, AEDC has provided business training, lending and technical assistance to underserved populations and to existing businesses throughout its 14-county service region, which includes the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.

At Pursuit, our mission is simple: to provide businesses with affordable loans and resources so that they can reach higher, transform and grow. This transformation may start with an individual borrower, but ultimately extends into the broader community, taking shape as new employment opportunities, economic development, and positive change.  Our mission guides our lending. When you work with us, you’ll have access to a community-focused lender that is 100% invested in providing the best possible small business loan for you now, and in the future.

Kiva is the world’s first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva celebrates and supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center is partially funded by the U.S. SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD). The OVBD exists to help veterans become full partners in economic development through small business ownership.

You can visit their website at www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.