Did You Know?
- One out of every ten small businesses in America is owned by Veteran business owners.
- Veteran business owners employ nearly six million workers and generate over $1.5 trillion dollars in receipts each year.
- 45% of Veterans are more like to be self-employed than non-veterans.
As we draw attention to the impact that our Veterans have in our economy, we also want to highlight two organizations that foster Veteran entrepreneurial endeavors.
Boots to Business
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP), offers an entrepreneurial education and training program called Boots to Business. The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.
For more information on Boots to Business through the SBA, visit http://boots2business.org/.
Veteran Entrepreneur Portal
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, through the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization offers the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP). It makes it easier for small businesses to access Federal services regardless of its source. It also quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant “best practices” and provides direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.
For more information on the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal, visit http://www.va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/index.asp
This Veteran’s Day, as you reflect on the liberties and freedoms that we owe to our Veterans, please support Veteran owned businesses and Veteran entrepreneurs!