This Military Appreciation Month the SBA highlights our support for veterans as they enter the world of business ownership.
The following are three ways you can take advantage of SBA resources to start, grow and expand your veteran-owned business:
1. Visit your VBOC – the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is devoted to promoting veteran entrepreneurship. They oversee Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) across the country which offer free one-on-one business mentoring and business workshops.
Here are some tools that will make things a little easier.
The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) is designed to save you time! BusinessUSA makes it easier for small businesses to access Federal services, regardless of its source. VA OSDBU quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices’ and information. Collectively, VEP offers direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.
Start a Business
This interactive tool connects you to the right resources specific to your small business objective. Navigate through relevant topics to access information on starting a business.
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Use this customized wizard to identify financing resources to support the start-up, development, or growth of your small business.
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Grow Your Business
Find out how to successfully expand your small business. Explore dedicated subjects with valuable information and resources to help you grow your company.
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Become familiar with Federal government contracting programs. Answer a few quick questions in this wizard to find Federal opportunities that align with your small business.
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The online learning center might just be for you. There are more than 50 different training courses including a range of topics:
The courses are all self-paced, many times offering worksheets and takeaways designed to help you strengthen and grow your knowledge in entrepreneurship. Learn about everything the SBA has to offer online in the Learning Center.
There’s a lot of helpful information on the Small Business Administration’s website. It’s a great place to start, and you’ll find it here.
What’s next? Attend a Contracting Coffee Hour at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance in Bremerton. They’re on the first Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM, at 4312 Kitsap Way #103. Reservations are not required, but RSVPs are helpful. Please call 360-377-9499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you plan to attend.
If you would like to meet one-to-one with a former government contract manager for a major U.S. company, Kitsap SCORE has a newly certified volunteer mentor. You can request a meeting with Paul Park here.
Just like you shop differently depending on what you’re purchasing (i.e. buying groceries in the store versus booking a vacation online), the government also buys its goods and services in several ways. The government buys from suppliers who meet certain qualifications, using standardized buying procedures and rules outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
Learn which purchase method your small business falls under. Continue reading