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VAMBOA and our team hopes that you have enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series on Business Grants for Veterans and found it to be valuable.   Please let us know what you think because we value your input.  You can email us at info@vamboa.org.

 

Once you have your funding secured, either by grant or loan, you may still need some other business assistance. Below you can find some excellent resources for your Small Veteran Owned Business to utilize to start, learn, nurture, and grow your small business:

  • Boots to Business is a two-step program offered by the Small Business Administration (the SBA) offered on military installations around the world to introduce service members to entrepreneurship and the foundations needed to begin a business when they return home.
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)is a free program for post-9/11 vets and their spouses.
  • Patriot Boot Camp is a branch of the startup incubator: TechStars and is specifically for active duty military members and their spouses who want to gain entrepreneurial skills.
  • Service-Disabled Entrepreneurship Development Training Program offers between $50,000 and $150,000 as a grant to support organizations that deliver entrepreneurship training program(s) to service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs who want to become small business owners or who currently own a small business.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) offers several veteran entrepreneurship training programs.
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is an SBA-funded program that offers online training, a conference and mentorship specifically to female veterans.
  • Veterans Business Services helps veterans acquire or start small business. Veteran Business Services offers assistance with franchising, marketing and with connecting you with financial services.
  • Veterans Business Resource Center offers business training for Veterans including help with understanding business plans, financials, marketing, sales, human resource management, and more. They also offer webinars and professional counseling.
  • Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP)is an accelerator program with three specific offerings specifically designed for owners, principals, and C‐level executives of Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses SDVOSB).  Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP) Grow helps companies develop overall strategies to operate and expand within the federal marketplace. VIP Start helps companies that want to get into the federal market and become procurement-ready. VIP International is for companies that want to enter or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas.
  • VetsInTechis a private sector training program that offers tech related education opportunities, connections with tech jobs and workshops and bootcamps to help veteran startup founders boost and grow their businesses.

 

Business Grants for Veterans : Part 1 of 3

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By Debbie Gregory.

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Looking for a business grant? Are you a Veteran Owned Small Business? There are quite a few grants out there that are offered by a variety of institutions.   Grants are time sensitive and are open for a specific period and then they are no longer available.  It does not make sense to list grants in this article because by the time you read this article, they may no longer be available.  However, you certainly can find them!

 

This is a three part series on Business Grants for Veterans and Part 1 will detail a few good places to find grants and other financial assistance for your Veteran Owned Small Business. Please keep in mind that just because you don’t see a specific grant or site listed within this article, there are many other grants that you can locate by performing a comprehensive search with specific criteria that applies to you.  It may take some energy, research and time to locate the right grants and financing options but consider it a treasure hunt that will always be worth it to your Veteran Owned Business.

 

The best place to begin your search for grants is the Federal Government’s database for small business grants at.Grants.gov. You should check the site often as grant opportunities begin and end frequently. Once you have found a grant (or two) that will work for your needs, you need to determine your next steps.  Grants.gov provides a very clear and specific process for applying for grants.   Below are some specific areas that will assist you on their website:

  1. Learn about grants: Their learning page includes a brief instructional video to help guide you.
  2. Check eligibility: This page will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to apply for a federal grant.
  3. Search grants: You can search for grants by keyword, opportunity number, as well as other criteria.
  4. Register: If you find a grant you would like to apply for you will need to register for an account.
  5. Apply for a grant: The apply page includes helpful videos on how to use the system to properly apply for your chosen grant.
  6. Track your application: This page gives you the ability to keep an eye on how your application is progressing.

 

If you are looking specifically for Research and Development (R&D) grants from the Federal Government, there are two other programs that you may wish to consider:

 

Even though Grants.gov is an outstanding resource to locate grants, the Federal Government is not the only place to look for grants for your Veteran Owned Small Business. Our next article in this series will cover specific state offered business grants that you should explore as well.   Stay tuned!

SBA San Diego District Office

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are presenting this free workshop about Owning a Franchise and the Special Assistance Available for Veterans.

Topics:

  • How to Own a Franchise
  • Special Assistance for Veterans & Disabled Veterans Interested in Owning a Franchise
  • How to finance the purchase of a franchise or financial assistance for franchise owners.
  • Financing with Rollovers as Business Start-ups (ROBS) Plans
  • All about Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD)
  • SBA Products and Services to help you start, manage and grow your business!

Presenter:

Frank Caperino is a volunteer counselor for SCORE and has extensive knowledge about owning and operating a franchise business. He has owned eight Cold Stone Creameries over a period of fifteen years and currently works as a consultant for FranChoice.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 9:00 am PST – 11:00 am PST
San Diego Public Library – Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center 
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92101 (2 hours free parking in building)
Click Here to Register!
Contact: Rosa Rodarte, 619-727-4877, rosa.rodarte@sba.gov
Fee: This is a free event.

SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any participants, person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Contact: Jill Andrews, SBA – 619-727-4885.

Vermont Loan clinic Jan 13

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SBA Vermont District Office

Learn how an SBA loan can benefit your business during a free loan clinic webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. EST Jan. 13. A second loan clinic is from noon to 1 p.m. EST Jan. 13.

To join the webinar, log onto http://www.connectmeeting.att.com and use the meeting number 8888449904 and the code 7013799. To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-844-9904, when prompted enter the access code of 7013799.

For more information, email vallerie.morse@sba.gov.

 Washington Metropolitan Area District Office

In April 2012, Congress passed legislation that gives small businesses and startups additional access to equity markets to raise capital through certain vehicles. What Does It Take to Get Venture Capital For Your Small Business? Please join Eva Ngai, Public Information Officer, as she gives an overview of SBA programs and services including SBA’s Small Business Investment Company program. Participants will also hear from Business Strategist Lorette D. Farris and Casey Berman, Camber Creek Managing Director, about the investment vehicles you can use to raise equity capital and the criteria by which your business will be evaluated.

Date:   October 2, 2014
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Place: The Rayburn Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
Main Entrance, Horseshoe Drive off South Capitol Street

For more information and to register, visit https://sagesolutionsgtm.wildapricot.org/event-1737151.  Participation fee: $15.  Advance registration is required.

This workshop is part of a cosponsored initiative between the U.S. Small Business Administration and Sage Solutions GTM, LLC to provide educational training opportunities to small businesses.

Cosponsorship Authorization 14-0353-90. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for the disabled will be provided to those who make a request 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact Tijuana Young at (703) 468-0834.

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