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The Old Dominion University Veterans Business Outreach Center (ODUVBOC) exists to provide entrepreneurial development services to eligible veterans who own or are considering starting a small business. ODUVBOC serves Federal Region III which includes Virginia and West Virginia.

Funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), we have developed an extensive network of partners to assist with your business needs. As part of the Old Dominion University (ODU) Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s (IIE), ODUVBOC’s goal is to support the entrepreneurial efforts of veterans, thus promoting business innovation and strengthening the local economy.

CLIENT SERVICES:

  • Military Transitioning Services
  • Outreach & Business Training Events
  • Business Counseling and Mentoring
  • Entrepreneurial Training & Development
  • Start-up/Entrepreneur Assessment
  • Business Plan Preparation
  • Partnerships and Referrals
  • Small Business Growth Services
  • Assistance with Access to Capital
  • ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) Services

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The programs and services at the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) exist to serve active-duty and transitioning military service members, reservists, national guardsmen, veterans, and their families who are interested in entrepreneurship and/or small business ownership, as well as veteran-small business owners in Hampton Roads and throughout SBA Region III (Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware).

Our desire is that all veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners would take advantage of the entrepreneurial development services available to them through VBOC, which include: business education/training, counseling, mentoring, business and funding plan development, government contracting assistance, resource referrals and more.

Cost/Eligibility

Services are available free of charge for active duty service members, veterans, service disabled veterans, U.S. military reservists, national guard, and their dependants; including transitioning service members eligible for participation in the DOD/DOL Transition Assistance Program.

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Boots to Business

Boot to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. The curriculum continuum includes: steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and information on available SBA resources to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.

For a list of upcoming workshops, please visit our Boots to Business page. To learn more about the program please visit www.sba.gov/bootstobusiness.

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Military Transition Services

VBOC offers a number of military transition services, including the Boots to Business program, on-site transition events at military installations, and more.

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Outreach & Other Training Events

Outreach and event activity consists of: veteran, military, government, and defense related conferences; veteran-owned business training and workshop opportunities; and diverse networking events. VBOC strives to work with local, regional and multi-state organizations and community resource partners (SBA, SBDC, SCORE) in Region III (Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware) for the purpose of assisting military and veteran-owned small business owners to make the right connections for their business.

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Business Counseling Services

VBOC counselors, working with other SBA resource partners, target entrepreneurial training projects and counseling sessions tailored specifically to address the needs and concerns of the veteran entrepreneur.

Business Plan Preparation

VBOC counselors assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan through Business Plan training workshops. The business plan includes such elements as the legal form of the business, equipment requirements and cost, organizational structure, a strategic plan, market analysis, and a financial plan. Financial plans include financial projections, budget projections, and funding requirements. These business plan development workshops offer entrepreneurial development skills dealing specifically with the major issue of small business ownership. An important segment of these workshops entails in-depth business counseling assistance with building a business plan, to include financials and marketing information for developing and launching a business.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis

The New Venture Feasibility Analysis Tool is designed to help ask the ‘right’ questions in an effort to assist the entrepreneur in discovering whether his/her idea or business concept is realistic, achievable and marketable; and hopefully formulate an approach to answering those questions before launching the business.

Mentorship

VBOC counselors conduct, as appropriate, on-site visits with clients to ensure adherence to their business plans. Additionally, VBOC counselors review monthly financial statements to determine whether a revision of the business plan is warranted or that desired results are being attained.

Government Contracting Assistance

VBOC can help you with government contracting. In addition to the occasional seminars and educational events we host to provide information to business owners about business contracting, our counselors can also meet with you to assist you. Contact us for more information.

Resource Referrals

In partnership with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), we have developed an extensive network of partners to assist with your business needs. Contact us for more information about Resource Referrals.

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VBOC's mission is to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of veteran owned small business enterprises through education and services focusing on business development, technology deployment and e-commerce.

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The Veterans Business Outreach Center understands you have a lot on your mind right now as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the best support and safety for our customers, partners and employees.

For our customers and partners, we remain in operation providing service excellence. We are ready to serve you and your small business. For our employees, we have implemented industry best practices for social distancing and workplace safety.

VBOC has a fully integrated virtual platforms to better serve our constituency base, collaborative partners, and the community at large. VBOC services will continue without interruption and are provided in a safe virtual platform.

When transitioning from active duty to civilian live, many veterans find themselves struggling to find a new career path in life. For those looking to start their own business after the military, there are resources available to get started by the U.S. Small Business Administration targeted specifically to those who have served.

The program is called Veterans Business Outreach Center or VBOC. The program is operated in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota in collaboration with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. It provides veterans, active-duty members and their family members free entrepreneurial development services like business training, counseling and resource partner referrals.

Dan Newberry, the co-director of VBOC, served his county and now has his own business operating a gym for veterans. He is helping veterans like him who want to start their own business after personally knowing the challenges many of our military members face after serving.

How to utilize a veteran business outreach center

How to utilize a veteran business outreach center

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"When I was getting out I personally have struggled with my own transition for three years. I was trying to find adequate work and I was trying to kind of figure out my way," said Newberry.

That's where Newberry says VBOC comes into play by providing the guidance, support, counseling, and training needed to start a business.

"It's really great to see service members take those skill sets that they acquire when they're in the military. Attention to detail, leadership and managerial skills, all those things are required to be a successful entrepreneur," said Newberry.

In the middle of a health pandemic, it's even more challenging and daunting to start a business. That however didn't stop veterans Matt Caple and Ben Gipson. They used services like VBOC to get help on their business journey called Warrior Brewing Company. It's located at the former location of Lake Superior Brewing Company on 2711 W. Superior St.

"Having an outlet such as entrepreneurial opportunities like this is great for veterans that are looking for an opportunity to be their own boss," said Caple.

"We went through the SBA and they put us in contact with different organizations to help us prepare for our business," said Gipson.

They are set to start production of their brewing company next week. They'll be brewing up imperial stouts, a golden honey ale, IPA's and plan to be in local liquor stores by June. Now that they have overcame the hurdles of starting a business, they offer advice to other veterans who want to get started.

"Find mentors, find a network of people who can help and assist you. Trying to do it alone is definitely a lot of burden on your shoulders and kind of difficult. There's a lot of resources out there," said Gipson.

"You've served your country. Now it's our chance to really get to serve you and help you start a new journey," said Newberry.

If you would like to learn more about the program and how you can get help, click here.

How to utilize a veteran business outreach center

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the awarding of $400,000 in funding to the University of Maryland, Division of Research to provide training and counseling as a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serving veteran small business owners in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, has an initial project year of 11 months with up to four additional one-year option periods, subject to the availability of funds. The project period is effective starting June 1, 2021, and ends on April 30, 2026.

“The military small business community – which includes entrepreneurs from active duty military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, and military spouses – are a driving force in our nation’s economy. The SBA’s 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers work hard to support these entrepreneurs, and give them the tools and support they need to live their American dream, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s important for our continued economic recovery and growth,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.

“The can-do spirit of our servicemen and women is the entrepreneurial spirit – the grit, determination, and resilience it takes to start, grow and sustain a small business. At the SBA, we want our military entrepreneurs to know that we’re here to help them harness that spirit and use the skills and expertise they gained in the military to start, grow and sustain successful small businesses. We’re doing that work with this award to the University of Maryland. Our message to our nation’s military entrepreneurs is this: You invested in our country. Now, it’s our turn to invest in you.”

Each VBOC provides training to service members and military spouses through the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program, which is part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. VBOCs also provide counseling, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services to veterans, transitioning and active-duty service members, Reserve, National Guard, and military spouses interested in small business ownership.

As the state of Maryland’s flagship university and a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation, the University of Maryland is uniquely qualified to serve as a Veterans Business Outreach Center based on its demonstrated history and commitment to working with transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouse entrepreneurs. The university’s experience providing Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot instruction as well as their existing regional partnerships with the SBA’s resource and community partners make UMD an asset to the agency’s veteran small business network.

The university’s experience providing Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot instruction as well as their existing regional partnerships with the SBA’s resource and community partners make UMD an asset to the agency’s veteran small business network.

Washington, June 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the awarding of $400,000 in funding to the University of Maryland, Division of Research to provide training and counseling as a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serving veteran small business owners in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, has an initial project year of 11 months with up to four additional one-year option periods, subject to the availability of funds. The project period is effective starting June 1, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2026.

“The military small business community – which includes entrepreneurs from active duty military, reserves, National Guard, veterans and military spouses – are a driving force in our nation’s economy. The SBA’s 22 Veterans Business Outreach Centers work hard to support these entrepreneurs, and give them the tools and support they need to live their American dream, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s important for our continued economic recovery and growth,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The can-do spirit of our servicemen and women is the entrepreneurial spirit – the grit, determination and resilience it takes to start, grow and sustain a small business. At the SBA, we want our military entrepreneurs to know that we’re here to help them harness that spirit and use the skills and expertise they gained in the military to start, grow and sustain successful small businesses. We’re doing that work with this award to the University of Maryland. Our message to our nation’s military entrepreneurs is this: You invested in our country. Now, it’s our turn to invest in you.”

Each VBOC provides training to service members and military spouses through the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program, which is part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. VBOCs also provide counseling, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services to veterans, transitioning and active-duty service members, Reserve, National Guard, and military spouses interested in small business ownership.

As the state of Maryland’s flagship university and a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation, the University of Maryland is uniquely qualified to serve as a Veterans Business Outreach Center based on its demonstrated history and commitment to working with transitioning service members, veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs. The university’s experience providing Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot instruction as well as their existing regional partnerships with the SBA’s resource and community partners make UMD an asset to the agency’s veteran small business network.

The SBA and Public-Private Strategies Institute are hosting several webinars from June to August to help you get your business back on track. Join us for our next webinar on July 8, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EDT to:
• Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA
• Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration
• Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership and small business experts
• Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community
• Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital
The webinars in this series are open to any small business owner and leader. They are divided geographically by SBA regions and feature guest speakers from the corresponding areas. However, the majority of the information pertains to a national audience, so you may register for a webinar outside your location.

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Veterans Business Outreach Center at Fayetteville State University

Thursday, November 4, 2021
1–3pm EDT

Please join the U. S. Small Business Administration Southeast Region District Offices, as we celebrate 2021 National Small Business Week (NVSBW).

This year’s virtual event will be packed with information which will take the guess work out of launching or growing a Veteran Owned Small Business. SBA will share information on the latest programs and services, plus hear a message from each of SBA’s Resource Partners, plus hear updates on COVID relief-related programs. The event will also include a panel of Vetrepreneurs, that will share details on how their business has survived using strength and resilience.

If you plan on attending, you must register to save your virtual seat. This event is free and is being presented by SBA’s Region IV District Offices, located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina & South Carolina. If you’re located in or around this region and want to attend, you must register to save your virtual spot! Again, this virtual event is open to Veterans, Service Members, National Guard, Reserves, and Military Spouses!

The Agriculture Community and Rural America Rely on Veterans

Track I > From Farm to Fork – Veterans in Agriculture and Agribusiness
Track II > Opportunities for Veterans in Rural Business

From Farm to Fork – Veterans in Agriculture and Agribusiness

As a veteran, you may find it challenging to determine what to do after military service, and to figure out how your experience can transfer to other career fields. USDA wants you to know that your experience and skillset can immediately and directly transfer to the field of agriculture. New and Beginning Farmers are veterans who are part of the community of beginning farmers and are therefore eligible for programs to help start – and continue – a career in farming.

Access to Capital, Land and More – USDA can help veterans transition into farming, ranching, and other agricultural opportunities by connecting you with financial, educational and training resources, and business planning support. These resources include:

USDA’s Discovery Tool can help you identify which programs might be right for you.

Opportunities for Veterans in Rural Business

For those veterans who are from rural America and chose to return home after service, or for those who choose to move to a rural area, USDA wants to help you sustain and strengthen your communities.

Rural Business – USDA offers support to entrepreneurial veterans who want to strengthen and develop your rural communities through starting or growing a business. To do this, USDA wants to empower trained leaders like you who know and love your local communities. USDA’s Rural Development is here to help with more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs that you can use to get started. These programs include support to:

  • Purchase and develop land and facilities
  • Purchase equipment and supplies
  • Refinance for job expansion
  • Finance for energy efficiency improvements

Get help with your business plan by visiting your local Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Community Development – You may choose to continue to serve as a leader in your local rural community. USDA can help you in the revival and redevelopment of your community by buying, building or improving a community facility. This support is available through USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program and can include direct loans, grants and loan guarantees, which support large projects such as hospitals, health clinics, schools, and fire houses, or other facilities that provide an essential service to the local community. These funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve these types of facilities.