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Veteran Entrepreneur Portal


Welcome to the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal, where you’ll find information for Veteran-Owned (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB), and Small Businesses.

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Information for entrepreneurs interested in starting and expanding a business.

  • Starting a Business - Resources to assist Veteran entrepreneurs start their own business.
  • Funding and Financing - Although VA does not make loans or grants for Veteran business startup or expansion, we do provide resources for entrepreneurs to access.
  • Franchising Opportunities - Access a growing list of franchising opportunities available to Veteran small businesses.
  • Small Business Resource Partners - A listing of Small Business Resource Partners are available to assist with small business and entrepreneurship needs.
  • Corporate Partnerships - Corporate Partnership Agreements are designed to help Veteran small business concerns with capacity building, past performance evaluation, and related small business activities.
  • Training and Employment - Unique training and employment programs designed to engage and equip our nation’s Veteran population with tools for a bright and rewarding future.
  • Resources and Tools - A compilation of government and commerical resources and tools available to small businesses.
  • Mentor-Protégé Program - Provides developmental assistance to SDVOSB and VOSB that enhances their capabilities to perform as prime contractors and subcontractors on VA procurements.

Small Business Administration's logoSmall Business Administration (SBA) Resources

Additional resources available at SBA.

  • Starting & Managing a Business - Are you thinking about starting a business of your own?  Explore the topics on this site to learn the aspects of starting a business, plus find information you need to succeed.
  • Loans & Grants - SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes.  Take some time to study the programs described on this site to see if you qualify to participate.
  • Contracting with the Federal Government - There are several basic steps every company should complete to increase their ability to contract in the marketplace.  This site provides resources to prepare for doing business with the government.
  • Small Business Tools - SBA’s suite of tools can help you at any stage of your business venture.  From initial counseling and business planning to contracting with the government and finding seminars to grow your business – there’s something for every entrepreneur to get the help they need.
  • SBA Direct - Find what matters most to you.

Learn more about SBA

Vets First seal iconVets First Contracting Program

Information for Veteran entrepreneurs about VA’s unique authority for SDVOSB/VOSB set-aside and sole source Contracts.

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Learn more about the Federal and VA socioeconomic programs.

Get more information about these programs

USA SymbolHow to do Business with Federal Agencies

Follow the links to learn how small businesses can access Federal procurement opportunities with each listed Federal agency.

Agency Program
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) DoD Small Business Opportunities
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Contracting
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Small Business
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Doing Business with USDA
Department of Air Force Doing Business with the Air Force
Department of Army Access to Business Opportunities
Department of Defense Doing Business with DoD
Department of Defense Education (DoDEA) Doing Business with DoDEA
Department of the Navy Doing Business with the Navy
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Doing Business with the FDIC
General Services Administration (GSA) Doing Business with the GSA
National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) How to do Business with NASA
National Space Foundation Guide to the NSF Contracting Process
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Contracting Opportunities
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Doing Business with Small Business
Smithsonian Institution Contracting Opportunities
Social Security Administration A Small Business Guide To Social Security Acquisition Opportunities
U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) How to do Business with USAID
U.S. Department of Commerce Contracting Opportunities with Commerce
U.S. Department of Education Doing Business with the Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy Working with us
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Doing Business with HHS
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Do Business with DHS
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Doing Business with HUD
U.S. Department of Justice Doing Business with DOJ
U.S. Department of Labor Doing Business with DOL
U.S. Department of State Guide to Doing Business With the Department of State
U.S. Department of the Interior Doing Business with DOI
U.S. Department of the Treasury How to Do Business with Treasury
U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Assistance
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Doing Business with VA
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Doing Business with EPA
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) U.S. OPM
U.S. Postal Service Doing Business with USPS
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Doing Business with SEC

Two silhouette shaking handsSmall Business Outreach Programs

Learn more about OSDBU Small Business Outreach Programs.

  • News/Latest Buzz - Get the latest news from OSDBU.
  • Direct Connect Program - Assists small businesses, specifically SDVOSBs and VOSBs, across the nation to connect and market their products and services to the VA.
  • Opportunity Showcases - A way to assist VA Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) with face to face market research for small businesses with specific NAICS codes for their future requirements.
  • Conferences and Events - View the calendar for upcoming items of interest to the small business community
  • List of VA Acronyms - Alphabet soup?  Learn what those string of letters mean!

Federal Contractor Certification (FCC) Program

The Federal Contractor Certification is a VOSB contractor training program for Veteran small business owners intended to help them understand Federal contracting, respond competently to solicitations and perform successfully once they have won the contract. This is a joint project of the VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) with the assistance of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

FCC is a self-paced program with course modules spread across multiple levels of certification. Most course modules are offered through DAU at no cost to the Veteran. Each level concludes with a comprehensive level examination.

Completion of the FCC program does not guarantee contract awards. It provides training to enable Veteran-Owned Small Business owners to pursue business opportunities with the Federal government and to perform well on a contract award.

Learn more about the program

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