Vetted and approved resources for helping you build a successful business.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring
entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the
dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-
changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development
agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the
federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to
preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA has several small business loan
programs designed specifically for entrepreneurs. The SBA does not lend money directly but works with
banks and other lenders to increase access to capital.
Boots to Business
Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The
curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge
required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up
capital and additional technical assistance.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F)
The EBV National Program is a novel, one-of- a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills,
resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in
entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected
disabilities and a passion for entrepreneurship as well as military family members who serve in a
caregiver role to a veteran with a service-connected disability. The aim of the program is to open the
door to economic opportunity for our veterans and their families by developing their competencies in
creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.
Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
A premier educational training program taught by accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship
educators from across the United States. V-WISE enables women Veterans to find their passion and to
learn the business-savvy skills to turn their ideas or businesses into a growth ventures. V-WISE
recognizes entrepreneurship is an important part of economic growth across the country and this
program is the key for women Veterans to pursue their dreams and make them a reality.
This site provides information about the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) efforts to verify Service-
Disabled Veteran-owned Businesses (SDBOSBs) and Veteran-owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). SDVOSBs
and VOSBs who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program must be verified by
CVE to be eligible for VA contract set-asides.