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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Starting a Business

Startup business concept

If you’re starting a small business, the Small Business Adminitration’s (SBA) Starting a Business guide is an invaulable resource. Some of the steps involved in starting a business also include:

  1. Prepare a written outline of your idea.
  2. Establish your business structure.  A business must be formed within some kind of legal framework.  The law insists on it.  Finding the correct legal form of doing business may be a challenging process, and each legal structure will affect the way you file your taxes.  You will also need to register your business within your state.  A Small Business Development Center can assist you with state registration forms.  Visit to learn more about legal structure and business tax concerns.
  3. Prepare a business plan.  This is a complex process that will become the blueprint of how you will run your business, market your business, and determine the funding requirements and viability of your new business.  See the SBA’s Create Your Business Plan website for more information.
  4. Have a business counselor review your business plan.  The Association of Small Business Development Centers (SDBC) offer free consulting and low cost training to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.  Locate the nearest SBDC.
  5. Implement the business plan.
  6. Register your Veteran-Owned Small Business on the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.  The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by 1) developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by 2) helping you leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.  Learn more »

Operation Boots to Business

Entrepreneurship and Veterans:  High number of service men and women will be and have been transitioning from military into civilian lives.  Current unemployment for veterans is high, Entrepreneurship is another path forward.  Successful innovators and entrepreneurs:  self-efficacy, a high need for achievement, comfortable with autonomy and uncertainty, make effective decisions in the face of dynamic environments.  Entrepreneurship—an avenue for Veterans and Wounded Warriors to make a meaningful way for themselves and their families.  Learn more »

SBA Office of Veterans Business Development

Office of Veterans Business Development’s mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.  Learn more »

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