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States : Directory of Small Business Information Providers …
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Cooperative Development Programs/Centers – Agricultural …
A national information resource for value-added agriculture.

Demographics, Consumer Spending, Economy Data …
Market Research Links

REBOOT Workshop | Helping Veterans Successfully …
Veterans agencies are retooling to help a growing number of women transition from the military to civilian life. As the armed forces wind down…

Salary Tables – Salaries & Wages
United States Office of Personnel Management – Management · Senior Executive Service · Settlement Guidelines · Snow & Dismissal Procedures · Training & Development · Veterans Services · Work-Life …

SBDC Locator – Bplans
In the United States, small business development centers (SBDCs) are funded in part by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and also work with local colleges and some other funding agencies. Every state has at least one SBDC, and most states have offices in several cities.

U. S. Small Business Administration
General website with many resources for everyone wanting to start a small business.

SBA Office of Veterans Business Development
The 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.

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup
Boots to Business is a three-step entrepreneurial education initiative offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an elective track within the Department of Defense’s revised Training Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS). A couple of other links related to program include: Boots to Business -B2B-2014-01 Program Office and Boots to Business Training Material Request.

Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities
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 …

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
V-WISE is committed to women Veterans by providing them the tools to become successful entrepreneurs. Our goal is to integrate their leadership, integrity, focus and drive into a premier educational training program taught by accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the United States.

e200 Native America
The nine-month training includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial community.

Native American Veteran’s Outreach Initiative
The new Veteran’s Native American pilot project will provide the Native American veteran community with outreach and education. The project will also assess and determine the need for further targeted outreach.

OVBD Grant Documents
Grant forms that may be uploaded as part of the documentation needed when submitting proposals for funding opportunities. In addition, the report forms are included for your convenience.

SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative
With the support of SBA’s top 20 national lending partners, and approximately 100 additional regional and community lending partners, the Veterans Pledge Initiative is intended to assist an additional 2,000 veterans with obtaining loans to start or expand small business.

Veterans Business Development Officers
Officers are listed by state

Veterans Business Outreach Centers
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (MREIDL)
This provides funds to eligible small businesses to meet operating expenses that can’t be met due to an essential employee being called to active duty.

Disaster Assistance
SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace …

SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom
Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses, but selling to the government requires a very different approach than selling to the commercial sector. SBA has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies.

Women’s Business Centers
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

Small Business Development Centers
The Mission of the Office of Small Business Development Centers is to promote entrepreneurship, small business growth and the US economy by providing the critical funding, oversight and support needed by the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers.

Writing a Business Plan
A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

Licenses & Permits
Virtually every business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. Knowing which one you need can be a little tricky, however. It depends on the type of business you are operating, where it’s located, and what government rules apply.

Laws & Regulations
As a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.

Preparing Business Taxes
Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.

Hiring Employees
If your business is booming, but you are struggling to keep up, perhaps it’s time to hire some help. There are eight steps involved to help you start the hiring process and ensure you are compliant with key federal and state regulations.

Employee Benefits
Employee benefits play an important role in the lives of employees as well as their families. For that reason, the benefits you offer can be a deciding factor for a potential employee’s decision to work at your business.

Employee Incentives
No longer regarded as a frivolous and unnecessary expense, employee incentive programs are now widely accepted as justifiable and beneficial.

Marketing a Business
Let’s start by clarifying that there is no such thing as an-ultimate guide to marketing. In truth, marketing is an ever evolving, and essentially limitless, business function.

Business Exporting
Exporting represents an enormous opportunity for small business. Ninety-six percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., representing some two thirds of the world’s purchasing power. Exporting gives small businesses the opportunities to reach new markets, increase sales, maintain global competitiveness and create jobs.

Estimating Startup Costs
No business is the same and many micro-businesses can get started for as little as $3,000 or less. These businesses are often home-based sole proprietorships with low upfront investments. Another low-cost option is a franchise. While your average Main Street franchise may require a larger investment …

Preparing for Financing
While signs of an economic recovery are still somewhat hard to detect on Main Street, there are some indications that credit is poised to trickle out to small businesses again. The newly published Intuit Future of Small Business Report – Credit Outlook reports that ‘… credit remains available to fuel small business dreams, if you know where to look – and how to qualify’.

Find a Business Mentor
In the first months of opening your business, you’ll need to make many important decisions. But you don’t have to make every decision on your own. Ultimately, you’re responsible for your business, but you can always consult a mentor for advice.

Online Training
Various courses to help you start a new business.

Find Local Resources
SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

Getting Veterans Back to Business Guide
This resource guide was developed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for small business owners returning from an active tour as part of your reserve obligation. In the pages that follow, and on the accompanying compact disc, you can find the tools, planning resources and information needed to help reestablish your small business.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of …

VA Facility Locator
Map of the U.S. with links to vet centers across the country.

Center for Veterans Enterprise
This site provides information about the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs).

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
OSDBU seeks to enable Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs), Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone Businesses, and Women-Owned Small Businesses to add value to the work of VA.

U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency
MBDA an agency in the US Department of Commerce helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of large, medium and small businesses owned and operated by members of the minority communities.

Grants.gov
Grants.gov is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov.

Department of the Army Office of Small Business Programs
Our vision is to be the premier advocacy organization committed to maximizing small business opportunities in support of the veteran and the institutional transformation of the Army.

Secretary of the Air Force/Small Business (SAF/SB)
The Secretary of the Air Force/Small Business (SAF/SB) has overall responsibility for directing, managing, measuring and overseeing the execution of Small Business Programs for the Department of the Air Force. To help ensure the Air Force derives the best possible value from its acquisition activities, the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs works to transform, modernize and promote successful practices with respect to engaging small businesses.

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
VETS serve America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, …

Home Depot Careers for Veterans
In an effort to support this community, The Home Depot joined forces in 2004 with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs to provide rewarding and challenging career opportunities in our stores and distribution centers across the nation for current and former members of America’s military. …

Blackstone Veterans Initiative
Veterans are reliable, motivated and trustworthy employees – the type of people that will help Blackstone’s portfolio companies succeed and grow. At Blackstone, we apply our strengths as a leading global investment and advisory firm to deliver solutions, unlock value and propel growth. Our capital fuels the development of businesses and communities.

Hero 2 Hired: H2H – Jobs for Members of the Reserve
Hero2Hired has transitioned its online capabilities to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Employment Center (VEC).

State Veterans Affairs and Veterans Services Links – Job …
Links to each state’s Veterans Affairs, Veterans Services, and other state support …


Education

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)
Empowering Vets through Entrepreneurship is an innovative, hands-on entrepreneurship training program to help disabled vets learn skills needed to start and grow a business successfully. The VEP is FREE to qualified veterans and includes: instruction, books and materials, travel, lodging and meals. Contact Tyler Okerlund, VEP Director, Center for Innovation Foundation, 701-777-6623, tyler@innovators.net.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.

Beyond Service: New Outreach Strategies to Reach Student Veterans
American Library Association – Over two million U.S. service members have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. As the war in Iraq has ended and combat operations have ended in Afghanistan, the military is reducing its size, and thousands of military service members are leaving the service and returning to college to prepare for civilian careers. Many of these veterans are eligible for college and vocational training …

Troops to Teachers > States > Utah > Hall of Fame
Joey Strickland (Head of Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Retired) Hall of Fame Lt. Colonel (Ret. U.S. Marine Corps) Thomas Chandler …

State Education Benefits for Veterans – GI Jobs
There are many opportunities for state education benefits for veterans to help fund your education. Map your future here.


Services

Map of locations of Veterans Services in the United States
A comprehensive map with hyperlinks to many service locations in the U.S.

Top Cities for Veterans in 2015 – NerdWallet
Once military service ends, veterans begin their transition to civilian life. It can be a challenge to find a new place to live and work, and an area that includes support services and health care options for veterans

Veterans Benefits – U.S. Coast Guard
Your benefits are listed by state

Vet Center Program Home
Life isn’t always easy after a deployment. That’s where Vet Centers can help. Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families.

Veterans Courts State Links | NCSC.org
A magistrate judge in Utah holds a monthly veterans’ court in Salt Lake City aimed at helping armed forces veterans find a place between drug and alcohol abuse and jail. This federal-level veterans’ court is one of the first of its kind and is modeled after traditional mental health and substance abuse courts found throughout the country.

Service Dogs for America | PTSD Service Dog
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), … To read the full article, click on this “US Veteran Service Dog Program”. ND Veterans with PTSD.

Find a Service Officer | The American Legion
Accredited American Legion service officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families.

Home – AMVETS
The Veterans Affairs procurement saga that has left members of Congress and veterans fuming may have cheated small, veteran-owned businesses of millions of …

Pro Bono Resources for Veterans – American Bar Association
Resources for lawyers & veterans to assist with medical care challenges, disability benefits, reemployment rights, consumer, housing, criminal & family law matters, & obtaining legal counsel.

VA Long Term Care Benefits – Veterans Benefits For Senior …
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest single provider of medical care in the United States. Its 22 regions with 154 hospitals and their associated 875 outpatient clinics … Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services … this region covers the states of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and part of Nevada.

Wounded Warrior Project: Veterans Charity Organization …
Provides programs and services to severely injured service members and their families during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.

Daughters of the American Revolution
The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with a deeply rich history while also being truly relevant in today’s world. More than 930,000 …

Veterans United Home Loans
Information on Home Loans specifically for Veterans.

Veterans help with paying rent – Need Help Paying Bills
Veterans and their families can find help with paying rent from the federal government Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.

Veterans United Realty: Military Friendly Real Estate Agents
Veterans United Realty is an independent affiliate partner of Veterans United Home Loans and offers a network of military-friendly real estate agents stretching from coast to coast. Veterans United Realty works to connect you with a specialized agent to ensure you get the benefits you’ve earned.

List of Veterans Affairs medical facilities by state – Wikipedia …
Look up what VA medical facilities are in your state.

Veterans of Foreign Wars – VFW
The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world.

Senior Helpers
Senior Helpers® is helping senior veterans all over the U.S. understand how they can qualify and apply for the VA’s Aid & Attendance Benefit, which pays seniors for the in-home senior care they need to live comfortably and safely.

Find a Service Officer | NACVSO
To find your local Service Officer, select your state from the list. You will be redirected to the appropriate page if it is available.

State Directors of Veterans Affairs – National Association of …
Emergency Assistance Resources by state

List of State and County Veterans Service Officers
Veterans Services Officers assist local veterans or their dependents in securing all benefits to which they may be entitled.

Financial Help for Veterans – Financial Assistance for Veterans
A list of organizations that offer financial assistance to veterans of OIF and OEF


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