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Veteran and Military Transition Center
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
A proud partner of the american job center network.

Start a business

Thinking about self-employment? You can get help from a Small Business Development Center.

Thinking about self-employment? You can get help from a Small Business Development Center.

SBDCs offer free business advising, mentoring, and training classes to help people build businesses. They also offer specialized programs for veterans.

Locate an SBDC near you to learn more about their range of services, which may include:

There are more than 900 local SBDCs throughout the United States. The program is a collaboration of the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local governments, and private sector funding resources.

You can also look into these specialized services for veteran entrepreneurs:

  • As a veteran or service member, you may be able to use your education benefits to pay for training on how to start or develop a small business, through the SBDCs. Find out if you might be eligible under any of these programs.
  • The SBA also has 15 organizations that serve as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). These sites provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also sponsors resources for veterans who want to start or develop their own businesses. Their Veteran Entrepreneur Portal makes it easier for small businesses to access Federal services, and quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices’ and information on topics such as accessing financing, business growth strategies, federal government contract opportunities for businesses, and more.
  • Women veterans with a business interest will find resources at Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, which provides training, networking and mentoring to women veterans to help them become successful entrepreneurs.