Happy New Year! You did it – the year 2020 threw a lot of curve balls your way and maybe you were able to pivot or maybe you’re starting from scratch. What do you have planned for the year ahead?
If you’re a service member, veteran, or military spouse interested in owning a small business, now could be a great time to get started. At the SBA, we recognize that the last several months have been challenging for our nation’s small businesses. The good news is this new environment has also opened up opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to get creative and tap into new markets.
Here are a few resources to help you build a strong foundation for your veteran-owned small business in the new year:
· Boots to Business: Are you wondering if business ownership is right for you? Boots to Business can help. As part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Boots to Business gives you the tools to transition from service to startup and introduces you to key business fundamentals like opportunity recognition, market research, financing, and more. Check Boots to Business or Reboot off your New Year’s resolutions list.
· Veterans Business Outreach Centers: Your local Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is the perfect place to access all of your small business needs in one place. Armed with skilled business advisors and a toolbox full of resources, our 22 VBOCs across the country can help you navigate the new economic environment and successfully set your business up in 2021. Find a VBOC near you.
· Entrepreneurship Training Programs: As a veteran, you know that training is the key to achieving the mission. Did you know that the SBA offers training programs specific to women veterans, service-disabled veterans, and veterans interested in government contracting? This year, hone your small business craft by signing up for one of SBA’s free to low-cost entrepreneurship training programs.
If we’re not already, the SBA wants to be on your team this year. With over 14,000 business advisors in over 1,300 locations, our nationwide resource partner network is here and ready to help you launch your next business venture.
Looking for SBA Financing? Contact My Military Financial services to discuss your options and get Pre-qualified (833)-444-VETS
For more tips and resources to help you build the foundation for your veteran-owned small business in 2021, visit http://bit.ly/Jan21VetBiz1.
SBA’s top priority is to continue to support the small business community, including the military and veteran small business community, through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit sba.gov/coronavirus for information.
This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development.