The following categories represent a comprehensive listing of connections which are helpful in starting and building a small business and for doing business with Federal, State and local governments.
To suggest an additional link or service that may be useful to Veterans,
please fill out our Connection Form.
- SBA Resource Link
- Boots to Business
Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education initiative offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an elective track within the Department of Defense’s revised Training Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS).
You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
- Intuit Helpdesk
Explore a large range of business questions and issues.
- OSDUBU (Office of Small and Disadvantaged Utilization Directors Interagency Council)
A list of the members of the council, which provides small business contracting support.
- SBA District Offices
Don’t get lost in the abyss of the main SBA website. Go directly to District Offices and ask for a Veteran Service Officer. Connect to all local resources.
- SBA Lenders
Note: Not all SBA 7a Lenders make Patriot Express Loans. Ask the lender, or ask for an area loan activity list, by type of loan, at your District Office.
- Veteran Fast Launch
An initiative supported by Score, Walmart & Bank of America. Offers Veteran startups basic training and support, plus free/discounted software and small business services.
- Startup America
A White House and Kaufmann Foundation initiative, primarily for venture capital-type startup ideas.
- Find a Chamber of Commerce
Evaluate the networking potential for your business and possibly join.
- Find a local/regional Veteran Small Business Chamber [Example: USVCC, Dallas, TX]
Build or participate in a local/regional network of Veteran owned companies..check out and/or call leaders of an existing group.
- Find an Economic Development Agency
Google "[Your State] Economic Development Agency". Explore their site, then call them and tell them you’re a veteran in small business and you're interested in procurement, training, etc.
- Find a Small Business Incubator in Your Area
Possible mentoring, good/reasonable office and/or operating expense options, credibility in community, etc. Try Googling "[Your Area] Small Business Incubator".
- Find a College/University [Example: San Diego State]
San Diego State is an example of a great University Veterans program. Find local institutions and search “Veteran” on their site. Some institutions are connected to Small Business Development Centers.
- Find a Local VBOC
Regional Veteran Centers work with SCORE to connect Veteran to regional small business resources. Example: New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center Call the listed contact to explore how it might help your business.
- Network using a Veteran Service Organization (VSO)
Example: Find an American Legion Chapter then try to connect the dots to small business via their local network. Or if you fail there, go on to another local VSO until you make connections. Example: http://www.elitesdvob.org/joomla/.
- After the Sea of Goodwill: A Collective Approach to Re-integration
- Advisory Committee Report on Veterans Business Affairs
- Minutes of Interagency Task Force on Veteran Small Business Development
- Executive Order 13540 on the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development
- BENIGN NEGLECT: Veteran Owned Small Business in Federal Procurement
- System for Award Management
You must eventually register with this site if you want to get paid on a Federal contract. Explore and get a feel for its requirements.
- Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Free services on the basics of learning how the state and federal procurement processes work.
- Center for Veteran Enterprise
Register to get a certification as a Veteran or Services Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB or SDVOSB) in order to get preferences in the VA and other federal agencies.
- Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (VA OSDBU)
Resources for Veteran owned small business
- Department of the Army - program contact number: 703-697-2826
- Department of Defense - program contact number: 703-588-8631
- Department of Energy - program contact number: 202-586-4620
- Department of Homeland Security - program contact number: 202-205-1625
- Department of Navy - program contact number: 202-685-6485
- Defense Information Systems Agency - program contact number: 703-607-6436
- Environmental Protection Agency -program contact number: 919-541-2249
- Federal Aviation Administration -program contact number: 202-267-7454
- NASA - program contact number: 202-358-2088
- US Treasury - program contact number: 202-622-8213
Unfortunately all have a different process – check them out on the internet and then call to check status, funding and approval cycles.
All Veteran small business including but not limited to OSDBU officers, SBA Veteran Service Officers, SBDC Advisors, PTAC Advisors and VBOC Advisors) are encouraged to replicate and distribute these connection links. Anyone may submit a small business relevant link for inclusion quarterly. Updated links actiions will noted in our quarterly newsletters.