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
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
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
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.
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.
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.