Owning a small business as a veteran can be a challenging and rewarding experience. The 2007 U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners indicated that there are some 2.45 million businesses with majority ownership by veterans in the United States. The TSBDC and resources partners like the U.S. Small Business Administration want veterans to know that there are several resources at their disposal. Below are just a few of the many resources available to veterans.

Tennessee Veterans Business and Resource Planning Guide

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The Tennessee Small Business Development Center network provides several resources to assist veterans. One of the most significant resources available is the Tennessee Veterans Business and Resource Planning Guide. A new business requires a concerted and collective effort. The TSBDC has found success by exploring as many programs as possible for which a veteran might qualify. This guide contains information pertaining to obtaining financing, developing a comprehensive business plan, and will help start you on the path to achieving your business goals.

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup

Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. After completing Boots to Business participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business. More info about Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is available at: http://www.boots2business.org

U.S. Small Business Administration Website

U.S. Small Business Administration logoThe U.S. Small Business Administration has a wealth of resources available on its website and available in local district offices to assist veterans. From information about writing a business plan to financing your new venture, there many tools to take advantage of. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides funding to several local programs to assist entrepreneurs including: the TSBDC | Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, WBC | Women’s Business Centers, and VBOC | Veterans Business Outreach Centers. For more information about veteran assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration visit: http://www.sba.gov/vets