Veteran entrepreneurs have worked with Pursuit to gain access to services and veteran loans that help them build the businesses of their dreams. In working with the extraordinary veteran community, it’s clear that some of the major challenges veterans face are finding loans with good interest rates and repayment terms; finding ways to transition military skills to civilian life; and getting useful information needed to open, run and grow successful businesses.
As National Veterans Small Business Week comes to a close and Veteran’s Day approaches, explore the best resources for veterans that are free or low-cost. If you’re interested in these or other loan and business development programs, contact us today. We’re honored to help and thank you for your service.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development:
The Office of Veterans’ Business Development is one of the most comprehensive sources for veterans opening or growing small businesses, with a full range of services including business training, counseling, and resource-partner referrals available through its Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs). Services are available to transitioning service members, veterans, members of the National Guard and Army Reserve, and military spouses.
Boots-to-Business is a two-step entrepreneurial training program that’s offered by the SBA in partnership with SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. It’s available to service members transitioning or retiring from the U.S. military and their dependents at participating military installations. Boots-to-Business begins with a two-day classroom course on the opportunities and challenges of business ownership. The second part is an instructor-guided, eight-week online course taught by professors from accredited universities who teach the fundamentals of starting and running a small business.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) with Disabilities Program:
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) initiative combines the structure of higher education with experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management provided through a consortium of universities, at no cost to participants. The program is available to service-disabled, post-9/11 veterans and family members serving as caregivers. The program takes participants through the challenges and opportunities for veterans who own businesses – and nearly 7-in-10 participants launch new businesses after completing the program.
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Program (V-WISE):
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a three-phase entrepreneurship program operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, with support from the SBA and corporate and foundation partners. The program is open to all female veterans, active-duty female service members, and female partners and spouses of active duty service members and veterans who are interested in starting or growing sustainable businesses. Participants can also opt for V-WISE IGNITE, a one-day entrepreneurship training event that’s great for those exploring the option of small business ownership as a post-service career path. It features nationally-acclaimed speakers, expert instructors, local and military-friendly business resource providers, and successful veteran entrepreneurs.
Veteran Institute for Procurement:
The Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) has several programs to train and educate veteran-owned businesses on federal procurement. The core curriculum, VIP GROW, helps veteran-owned companies develop strategies to expand and operate in the federal marketplace. VIP START is geared toward companies that want to enter the federal market and become procurement-ready, while VIP INTERNATIONAL is designed for companies looking to enter or expand overseas federal and commercial contracting opportunities.
EntreSkills for Veterans:
EntreSkills for Veterans is administered through the New York Small Business Development Center. This online program and the interactive web-based tool were developed by veterans specifically to assist veteran entrepreneurs and business owners and help veterans apply skills learned during military service to business ownership and growth. It’s free for clients who register with the New York Small Business Development Center.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Get certified as a veteran-owned small business (VOSB) or service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans First Verification Program and gain access to one of the largest procurement organizations – the U.S. federal government.
- Basics for Veterans: The online guides found here can help veterans find services and resources to support their transitions back from military service.
- National Veteran Small Business Coalition: NVSBC provides advocacy for veteran-owned small businesses, as well as national conferences and membership opportunities.
- North East Veterans Business Resource Center: This resource center offers business development workshops for veterans, as well as other services.
- NYC Veterans Alliance: A New York City-based organization created in 2015 to provide advocacy for more than 220,000 veterans and their families in the metropolitan New York area.
To all veterans, we thank you for your service and look forward to working with you as you pursue your business goals!