Are you interested in joining the
women veteran small business community? There are 2.5 million veteran-owned
small businesses in the United States. And get this: 15.2% of these businesses
are owned by women.
You have what it takes to become an
entrepreneur, and the SBA is here to support you every step of the way. From
specialized training programs for women to general resources for veteran small
business owners, we have the tools to help you achieve your business goals.
Here are five tips to help you
succeed as a woman veteran entrepreneur.
Check out a Boots to Business class.
Boots to Business is the perfect first step for
women service members and veterans (including spouses!) who are interested in
transitioning into small business ownership as the next step in their career.
This entrepreneurial education and training program will introduce you to the
business fundamentals that go into launching a business including market
research, legal considerations, financing, and more. Plus, Boots to Business
can help you determine if business ownership is right for you.
to Business is offered as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition
Assistance Program (TAP) on military installations worldwide. And if you don’t
have access to an installation, no problem! Boots to Business Reboot delivers the same curriculum right
in your local community.
in the SBA’s Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program.
The Women Veteran Entrepreneurship
Training Program (WVETP) is a specialized program that provides entrepreneurial
training to support women veterans as they navigate through the complexities of
small business ownership. As part of WVETP, here are two SBA-funded programs
that you can leverage as a woman entrepreneur:
- Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE): This program teaches women veterans and military spouses the business skills necessary to turn an idea into a fully functioning business.
- San Antonio LiftFund: This organization helps small business owners access the capital and financial training they need to build the business of their dreams.
Visit your local Women’s Business Center.
Women’s Business Centers (WBC) are leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Through training, counseling, and access to capital services, WBCs empower women small business owners by providing the right resources to help you along your entrepreneurial journey. WBCs are also equipped to prepare you for the unique obstacles you may face as a woman veteran in the business world. Find a WBC near you.
4. Take advantage of the set-asides
for women-owned small businesses.
Did you know that the federal
government’s goal is to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to
women-owned small businesses (WOSB) each year? It’s time to leverage the advantages
set aside for you as a woman entrepreneur! If you’re ready to start applying
for government contracts, make sure you get to know the benefits that are
available to you before diving in. Learn
more about the WOSB set-aside program and certification process.
5. Connect with a Veterans Business
Outreach Center near you.
Just like Women’s Business Centers
are specialized to help women succeed as small business owners, Veterans
Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) do the same for veterans. VBOCs are a one-stop
shop for aspiring entrepreneurs that provide resource navigation and referrals, transition
assistance, counseling and mentorship, and beyond. Connect
with your local VBOC today.
To learn more about the resources
available to the women veteran small business community, check out the SBA website
This blog was originally written by
the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business