from The Huffington Post
If you have served our great nation in the military and are thinking about starting a business, there are resources and programs earmarked for veteran entrepreneurs. Whether you need business skills, financing, or a mentor, here are a list of the top 7 veteran-owned business resources to launch or grow a business.
1. Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans
Since 2007, the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans has been held on 10 college campuses, to provide access to higher education-level training for veterans interested in starting a business.
The program, free for vets, and includes three options for their training programs:
- 30-day instructor-led, online course focused on business basics
- Nine-day residency at an EBV university, with access to over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators
- 12 months of support and mentorship
What it’s best for: If finances have kept you from seeking top-level training to boost your entrepreneurship skills, this program removes financial hardship from the equation.
2. Veteran Entrepreneur Portal
If you are interested in government contracting, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website has a robust section dedicated to veteran entrepreneurs. There, you can find resources for starting and growing a business, as well as financing and specific set-aside opportunities for certified vets and disabled veteran business owners. You can also find franchising opportunities, training and employment programs.
What it’s best for: Pursuing federal contracts is a business model, and it’s tough to get started. This site provides ample educational resources …