The US Small Business Association's Veterans Business Outreach Centers program provides a number of business development services for vets, including business mentoring and counseling, entrepreneurial development workshops, business concept assessments, and more. There are 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers throughout the United States serving veterans across the country.
If you're a veteran, military spouse, transitioning service member, or current member of the National Guard and Reserve and you're interested in starting a business, Veterans Business Outreach Centers are ready to help you.
- States Covered: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Phone: 1 (401) 427-6536
- Website: www.VBOCNewEngland.org
- States Covered: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Phone: 1 (518) 326-6328
- Website: www.vbocregion2.com
- States Covered: Virginia, West Virginia
- Phone: 1 (757) 683-5505
- Website: www.odu.edu/vboc
- States Covered: District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania
- Phone: 1 (703) 768-1440
- Website: www.cbponline.org
- State Covered: Florida
- Phone: 1 (800) 542-7232 | 1 (850) 769-1551, ext. 3327
- Website: www.vboc.org
- State Covered: North Carolina
- Phone: 1 (910) 672-2683
- Website: www.fsuvboc.com
- States Covered: Tennessee, Kentucky
- Phone: 1 (615) 425-7171
- Website: www.pathwaylending.org/vboc
- States Covered: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi
- Phone: 1 (662) 325-4990
- Website: www.vboc.msstate.edu
- States Covered: Georgia, South Carolina
- Phone: 1 (833) 44VECTR (83287)
- Website: www.gavectr.org/vboc
- States Covered: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
- Phone: (810) 767-8387
- Website: www.vetbizcentral.org
- States Covered: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
- Phone: 1 (414) 395-4555
- Website: www.wwbic.com/veterans
- State Covered: Central, West & Southern Texas
- Phone: 1 (956) 665-8931
- Website: www.utrgv.edu/vboc
- States Covered: Arkansas, Northern Texas, Oklahoma
- Phone: 1 (817) 272-6789
- Website: www.uta.edu/vboc
- States Covered: Colorado, New Mexico
- Phone: 1 (505) 383-2401
- Website: www.nmvboc.org
- States Covered: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
- Phone: 1 (314) 531-8387 for HQ | 1 (314) 532-8387 for Kansas City ONLY
- Website: www.vetbiz.com
- States Covered: Montana, Utah, Wyoming
- Phone: 1 (406) 869-8411
- Website: www.bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org/vboc
- States Covered: North Dakota, South Dakota
- Phone: 1 (701) 777-3700
- Website: www.und.edu/dakotasvboc
- States Covered: Nevada, Northern California
- Phone: (916) 527-8400
- Website: www.vbocix.org
- Area Covered: Southern California
- Phone: 1 (760) 795-8739
- Website: www.socalvboc.org
- State Covered: Arizona
- Phone: (480) 431-4171
- Website: www.arizonavboc.org
- Area Covered: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii
- Phone: 1 (808) 988-1236
- Website: www.hilo.hawaii.edu/vboc
- States Covered: Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon
- Phone: 1 (206) 324-4330, ext.136
- Website: businessimpactnw.org/services/vboc/
- June 3, 2019 - What Veterans Can Do to Pursue Entrepreneurship.
- May 10, 2019 - Program Gives Back to Veterans By Providing New Business Opportunities.
- April 11, 2019 - Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center Receives National Award.
Contact the VBOC that covers your state / area - they'll let you know how to arrange a meeting with a business mentor. You may also find everything you need on their website; many of the sites offer webinars and in-depth video courses covering topics including how to start and grow a small business, how to finance your small business and where you can get small business loans, and more.
First, they'll have you go through pre-business workshops and create a concept; then they'll review that concept to make sure it's feasible. Then they'll help you create a five-year business plan, which they'll also review for feasibility. Then they'll provide more entrepreneur training and mentoring. Once your business is up and running the VBOC will typically arrange a site visit to make sure you're adhering to your plan and whether it needs to be revised.
Continuing business education includes training on topics such as international trade, digital marketing, and business accounting. The Veterans Business Outreach Centers want to do everything possible to ensure your business is not only stable, but growing.
No - veterans are the focus, but the VBOC also helps military spouses, those transitioning from the armed services to civilian life, and members of the National Guard and Reserve. If you fall into one of those categories and you want to start a small business, you should take advantage of the services your VBOC has to offer.
The Office of Veterans Business Development (the office that oversees the VBOC) offers a number of programs for service-disabled veterans, including the Dog Tag Inc. fellowship program, the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans, and more.
Visit the Office of Veterans Busienss Development resource page for a complete list of available resources.