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Organizations That Help Veteran Business Owners

November 11th, 2011 ::

By Rieva Lesonsky

It’s Veterans Day and what more appropriate day to spotlight some websites and organizations that help military veterans succeed as entrepreneurs? Here are four places to go for help and support.

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association says its mission is to create opportunities for America’s more than 3 million veteran-owned businesses. NAVOBA advocates for “vetpreneurs” with the federal, state and local governments and works to make major corporations aware of the benefits of doing business with veteran-owned companies.  The organization offers a range of resources including Vetrepreneur magazine and the online Buy Veteran guide, which allows consumers and businesses to find veteran-owned businesses to patronize. Registering for a listing in the online guide is free.

The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development helps connect veterans, their dependents and survivors, and members of the reserves with all of the SBA’s programs for military veterans who own or want to start businesses. Visit the site for a plethora of links and information about Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Patriot Express Loans for military veterans and more.

VetBiz.gov, the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides an overview of the office’s small business programs, registration for upcoming small business conferences, and information on how to access procurement opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Veterans and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a nonprofit trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Membership in VAMBOA is free and gives you a listing in the site’s directory of veteran-owned businesses as well as access to private-sector and government procurement opportunities, member exchanges, referrals and discounts, franchise opportunity discounts, training & certification, events and conferences.

Military veterans have given so much to our nation. As business owners, they have so much to offer—so if you’re a veteran, take a moment to check out these sites and see what they offer to help grow your business.

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    It is such a good plan to keep veteran busy in different activities of the business which they like. And sure about one thing that veterans can make the business strategy and ideas more strong toward the business success from their experiences of the military work rules. And after the retirement age of the army or other service they keep themselves engage in this work.

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    It’s extremely important to help veteran-owned businesses. These men and women have served our country and kept us save. We should show our appreciation by helping them grow their businesses. If they are new to government contracting, they should try to team or subcontract with a Prime to build their work experience in federal contracting. Wishing success to
    all our Veterans!