So you served your country, and now you want to run your own business. Starting a Small Business might be intimidating, especially if you have never been your own boss.
Fortunately, there are several federal resources for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses. (VOSB).
Here are several online resources you can utilize for your small business:
Department of Veteran’s Affairs: The VA has several resources listed to assist you with your Veteran owned Business.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). OSDBU is the VA’s center for small businesses. Veteran information
How to Open a Veteran Owned Small Business This page, off the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal, gives step-by-step advice on how to open a business and verify it as “Veteran Owned” to get VA contracts.
Vetbiz.gov: This is a directory of Veteran Owned businesses maintained by the VA. Businesses in this directory have been certified as Veteran-owned for purposes of doing business with the VA.
Small Business Administration: The Small Business Administration has many resources available to assist you with opening and running your business.
Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business SBA information about SDVOSBs, the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program, and the SDVO Business Control.
Veteran Owned Businesses Information on Veteran Owned Businesses.
Internal Revenue Service
Small Business Tax A guideline on taxes for small businesses.
Business Frameworks A framework, which describes who owns your business, is a necessary part of your business plan. This site can help you determine what sort of framework to use for your business, and how the IRS Taxes the different business models.
Social Security Administration
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business This page will tell you about the SSA program to implement the Federal government’s mandate to contract business to SDVOSBs.
United States General Services Administration
The GSA supports basic functioning of federal agencies. It is responsible for acquisition, manages federal properties, including the federal motor pool.
Business Counselors and Mentors
SCORE: SCORE works closely with the SBA to assist burgeoning small businesses. Score provides mentors, counseling, business tools, and worships.
Boots to Business: A program to help Veterans who are transitioning out of the Military set up their own small businesses.
Veteranscorps: Dedicated to educating veteran business owners about small business, including assisting in counseling and mentoring programs.
National Veteran-Owned Business Association: dedicated to helping veteran-owned businesses “Vetrepreneur” with their businesses. Annual membership includes subscription to Vetrepreneur magazine.
America’s Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC) is a nationwide assistance network for United States small businesses. It is funded in part by the SBA, and is hosted by universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies. The service centers strive to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training, including assistance in writing business plans. ASBDC Veteran Resources.