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10 Great Resources for Veterans Who Want to Start a Business

Small Business

If you’re a veteran who’s looking to start his own business, you must acknowledge that you’ve got a lot of help that’s ready for grabs. As people say, when you give a lot you also receive a lot.

If you’re currently seeking trustworthy and effective resources for starting a business, you ended in the right place.

In today’s post, we’re presenting 10 great resources for veterans who want to start a business and don’t actually know how…yet. Let’s get started!

  1. BusinessUSA Resources for Veterans

BusinessUSA is a large government platform which provides numerous training sessions, resources, and tools for veterans who want to start and/or to improve their own business. They currently hold a huge database of information, so every veteran can take a short survey that will lead them towards the information they require.

  1. Small Business Loans for Veterans with StreetShares

StreetShares offers small to medium loans to established businesses that are already one year old. Besides the fact that StreetShare provides low-cost business loans to veterans who own businesses, the company is also giving away free cash rewards to those who qualify!

  1. VetFran – Franchising Opportunities for Vets

VetFran aims to help veterans and their families to find franchising opportunities. They do so by helping veterans understand whether a franchise opportunity will truly suit their lifestyle, offering them consultancy and a chance to become a VetFran member. They have over 650 franchise partners who are already expecting you to begin!

  1. Boots to Business

Here’s a free educational training program meant to help veterans become real entrepreneurs. This program is offered by the U.S SBA (U.S Small Business Administration), and it’s totally free for every service member.

Every veteran goes through a two-day introductory course to business and entrepreneurship, followed by more sophisticated training, teachings, and techniques.

  1. Patriot Boot Camp

Patriot Boot Camp is a non-profit, short boot camp that lasts for three days. It’s meant to serve both active members and veteran members (plus their families). You get free resources on how to start a business, other relevant training, and the opportunity to be mentored!

  1. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small-Business Program (SBA Program)

The SBA program offers huge benefits to the veterans who have developed disabilities while they were on duty. Lastly, this SBA program offers up to 5 million dollars to all veterans who own 51% of a business or more. So, if you’re just a small investor who doesn’t own the majority of the company, this resource is probably not for you!

  1. V-Wise - Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Another three-phased program that offers valuable resources to all female veterans who seek entrepreneurial advice. This program comes with a 15-days training course which you study online, a mentor for life, support, and an in-person, three-day, personalized training event. It only costs $75 and it’s designed to ALL female duty members, whether they’re active or retired.

As Maria Watson, CEO at [EssayGeeks.co.uk] (https://www.essaygeeks.co.uk/) suggests, “If you’re a woman who has served in the army, you shouldn’t even consider starting a business alone. Look around you – everyone’s trying to help, and you just got to let them!”

  1. Bunker Labs

This is a program meant to educate veterans and their families on how to successfully launch a business from scratch. Bunker Labs is a nonprofit organization, offering veterans online and live courses that can make the entire difference between a startup failure and a startup success.

  1. VetToCEO

VetToCEO is a resource that can offer a lot of help to both active duty members and former duty veterans that are looking for business solutions.This is a 7-week entrepreneurial program will teach every veteran the basic business models of today’s marketplace and not only.

  1. Hivers & Strivers

In case you have a brilliant idea and you’re also a veteran duty member, you should immediately approach Hivers & Strivers. This is an investment group that’s offering support to every “newbie” veteran who wishes to become a true entrepreneur. According to their statements, most of the current investors have also served the US military before retiring.

Takeaways

If you take the time to get into them, the presented resources will help you improve your business knowledge, skills, and resources. You shouldn’t approach all of them at once. Decide for yourself – which of these resources do you FEEL that you must approach first? Plan, prioritize, act, and win!

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