Veteran Small Business Resources

As a military veteran entrepreneur, we have resources to help you launch a new small business. From Small Business Administration (SBA) programs to franchise opportunities, check out these veteran-specific resources.

SBA Resources

Veterans Business Outreach Centers

Through their Veterans Business Outreach Center, the SBA provides assistance for veterans who own or are considering starting a small business. These outreach centers provide business development-related services, including:

  • pre-business plan workshops
  • concept assessments
  • business plan preparations
  • comprehensive feasibility analysis
  • entrepreneurial training and counseling
  • mentorship

SBA Resources

Boots to Business Training

The SBA also offers the Boots to Business (B2B) training program as a track through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship, offered to transitioning servicemembers and their spouses. Learn more about this opportunity through the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development.

The SCORE Foundation

Veteran Fast Launch Initiative

The SCORE Foundation provides mentoring and training to entrepreneurs with its network of 13,000 volunteer mentors and trainers. Through their Veteran Fast Launch initiative, you can access free software, services and mentoring to get your business off the ground successfully.

Office of Veterans Affairs

Veterans First Contracting Program

Those looking to contract their small business with the government may be able to participate in the VA's Veterans First Contracting Program, which gives contracting priority to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB).

Veteran Franchise Opportunities

VetFran®

If you'd like to own your own business but don't have an innovative idea ready or are wary of startup risks, buying a franchise may be right for you. The VetFran1 program offers access to financial incentives, such as lower franchise fees, that aren't available to civilian franchise investors. Currently, over 500 franchise companies participate in the program.

More Resources

You can find more links to programs and resources for military veteran entrepreneurs at the SBA's Veteran-Owned Business Guide.

Business Solutions Membership

Membership with Navy Federal Business Solutions is exclusive to Navy Federal Credit Union members. As a Business Solutions member, you have access to small business professionals, competitive business credit offerings and more.

Learn More About Membership in Navy Federal Credit Union.

Disclosures

1 VetFran is a registered trademark of the International Franchise Association.