In just the past few years… there has been a substantial rise in organizations giving help to veterans aspiring to be entrepreneurs. For some, the focus is on helping veterans make a successful transition out of the military. And into a new entrepreneurial life.
For others, the focus is on providing the tools, training, and expertize to create a small business success.
Here’s a list of 15 organizations you need to know…
#1: Vet Hustle
This is a Colorado-based veteran-owned business. They help fellow military veterans find the right resources. Along with technology and marketing support to scale their companies.
The business was founded in early 2016 by Brian Zimmerman. A former U.S. Marine who completed an entrepreneurial boot camp program at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
#2: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
For many veteran entrepreneurs, the starting point for launching their own business is the Office of Veterans Business Development of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Thus, if you’re looking for tips, advice, and guidance on anything from training to funding. This is a great place to start.
#3: Vet To CEO
The number of veteran-focused networking organizations continues to grow. And Vet To CEO is one of the best. As you might guess from its name. Their goal is to give help to veterans by propelling them into the CEO role of their own company.
Most of the training that Vet to CEO provides is offered online. Therefore, ensuring the widest number of people can get access to this valuable training.
#4: Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
This institute was literally the first of its kind. Focusing entirely on the economic and social issues facing military veterans and their families. The IVMF is also at the forefront of finding new educational opportunities for veterans. Wanting to learn about business after transitioning out of the military service.
#4: National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)
If you’re looking for new contracting opportunities for your veteran-owned small business. These guys offer help to veterans. The NVSBC actively advocates for veteran-owned businesses to have priority for any contracting opportunities. In addition to that, they also host annual veteran entrepreneur training conferences.
#5: Feds Hire Vets
This is one of the best resources available if you’re looking to land a job in the federal government. The site provides details on the most important tips and news that veterans need to know. Also, the site does a great job of highlighting success stories. From those who have made the transition to a career in the federal government.
If you’re looking for mentorship and other support to grow your business. One place to turn is the Veterans, Guards, Reservists unit of SCORE. The national business mentoring agency. SCORE is now sponsored by Walmart.
Hence, you can get a sense of the type of national scale and scope that the organization offers. Wherever you live in the country, you probably have access to nearby SCORE volunteers to provide mentoring help.
#7: Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC)
The VBOC is a great example of an organization that provides training, workshops, and counseling to veteran-owned businesses. And so don’t be shy about reaching out to the VBOC if you need advice on technical assistance. Even if you need help tracking down valuable resources.
#8: Veterans Training Support Center (VTSC)
There are plenty of educational opportunities online that provide help to veterans. As long as you know where to look. The VTSC provides continuing education opportunities to veterans and their families.
Moreover, the VTSC is at the forefront of boosting awareness about issues that affect many military veterans. Such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
#9: Oracle’s Injured Veteran Job and Training Program
Oracle really stands out. As one of the companies in the private sector that have actively championed the role of veterans in business. Working with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. This program has a special focus on helping wounded veterans from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
#10: Veterans, Inc. Employment & Training
Another great resource for skills training and employment for veterans. The Veterans, Inc. Employment & Training. Since its formation in 1991, this organization has helped more than 50,000 veterans. Additionally, Veterans, Inc. has also been at the forefront of speaking out on issues like veterans homelessness.
#11: Kauffman FastTrac
The name Kauffman is synonymous with private sector entrepreneurship. And Kauffman has now established a FastTrac program to help veterans set up their own business. Thus, ready for when they have completed military service.
#12: Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)
VETS is a very useful clearinghouse of information for veteran-owned businesses. Specifically those pursuing contracting opportunities with the federal government. Therefore, if you’re having trouble navigating the federal marketplace, VETS is a very helpful resource.
#13: U.S. Department of Labor VETS
The VETS (Veterans’ Employment and Training Service) program is a special offering from the U.S. Department of Labor. Recognizing that many veterans have a difficult time finding work after completing their military service. On top of that, the U.S Labor Department now offers great assistance opportunities to streamline that search.
#14: 100,000 Jobs Mission
The initial goal of this organization was to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. However, based on the initial positive response from corporations. That goal has now been hiked to 200,000 new hires by 2020.
#15: American Corporate Partners
Finally, the ACP is a nonprofit that helps veterans find jobs in the private sector. ACP also offers counseling and networking opportunities. The goal is linking up veterans with skills and experiences with the types of companies that can leverage them directly.
And don’t forget…
There are many local and regional programs that specifically give help to veterans in one part of the country. So check out your local community college, business school or Chamber of Commerce for opportunities.
Even if they don’t have a specific program for veterans. They might be able to point you in the right direction. And make it easier to track down the training, assistance or resources that you need.