Veteran Entrepreneurship Series: Veteran Small Business Resources
Welcome back to Empire Resume’s series on Veteran Entrepreneurship, where we’re bringing the tools all veterans need to fuel their small business ideas. This article will serve as quick guide to the veteran small business resources and discuss how you can use them to start your veteran small business.
Office of Veterans Business Development
The Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is a beneficial resource that provides all of the information you need to know about programs to help aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneur “vetpreneurs” with launching to growing their business. According to its website, “OVBD is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) liaison with the veteran’s business community.”
Procurement Technical Assistance Program
The Procurement Technical Assistance Program, also known as PTAP, helps businesses become government contract ready with the following:
- Registering in government systems
- Identifying contract opportunities
- Submitting bids
These services are provided through the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACS) located in 48 states.
The best news is, services rendered to veterans are free of charge. Find your local PTAC office to get help right away.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE is a networking hub for small business mentors and mentees. Through this large network of volunteer business mentors, you can get one-on-one time with a mentor, register for webinars and more, for free.
This resource is a must use if you enjoy asking questions, getting direct answers, and having someone to help and guide you along with the way.
SCORE has offices in each state and mentors too. Find the best mentor for you to get started today.
Small Business Development Centers
The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), administered by the Small Business Administration, is a one stop shop for small business.
It caters to your local community with services in coordination with local SBA offices and other small resource resources like SCORE. Here, you will be offered counseling, training, and technical assistance.
Through the SBDC, you can learn marketing and other developmental activities to have success in your veteran-owned small business.
Empire Resume’s Military to Civilian Blog
We hope you’ve enjoyed this series on veteran entrepreneurship. If you’re looking for more information, check out our topics on Boots to Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program, Loans for Veterans, and VA small business grants.
At Empire Resume, we know what it takes to run a veteran-owned small business and we want to see your dreams come true too. We’d love to hear how these small business resources have helped you. Let us know in the comments below.
Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for service-members transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Finance.