Resources For Women Veteran-Owned Businesses
Having served our country with pride, veterans are natural entrepreneurs, excited to lend their energy and leadership to the workforce when they return home. But returning to corporate life can be a struggle. This may be why so many veterans are starting businesses. At SELF MADE, we want you to realize there are a ton of opportunities related to funding for veteran women at your disposal and programs set for women just like you.
According to the SBA Veterans Report, there are over 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses making over $1.2 trillion in sales a year. Of the 2.4 million, veteran women own close to 100,000 businesses in this booming minority group of entrepreneurs, making up four percent of the market. We see room to grow! So what are you waiting for? Jump right in.
Funding for Veteran Women
There are a number of organizations with a special focus on funding for veteran women. Visit the links below to learn more about veteran specific funding opportunities available to grow your business.
Provides small business loans and support for underrepresented small business owners, including minority women. http://accion.org/
Hivers & Strivers
Hivers & Strivers focuses on startup companies. Most investors have also served in the military and have businesses of their own. http://www.hiversandstrivers.com/
Navy Veteran Credit Union
The credit union offers loans and special programs for people returning from duty and looking to start businesses. https://www.navyfederal.org/
The Jonas Project
A program that offers funding for veteran women, training and mentorship through local community helpers to make veteran dreams come true. https://thejonasproject.org/
Veterans Business Fund
A nonprofit fund set up by donations whose mission is to return all money to help veteran-owned businesses. http://www.veteransbusinessfund.org/
The aim of this guide is to show veterans of the United States military some of the many benefits extended to them from grateful businesses. It provides examples of organizations that serve as clearinghouses for discounts provided to veterans; and look at discounts available from individual businesses to give you an idea of how varied the possibilities really are. Veterans can save on everything from airplane tickets, to cell phone services, refrigerators, and more. https://www.couponchief.com/guides/retail_savings_for_veterans
Resources For Training
If anyone understands the importance of training it’s veterans; like basic training for the military, training for entrepreneurs is necessary for the growth and development of your business. Check out the resources below to get started.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
In partnership with Syracuse University, IVMF focuses on social, economic and policy issues affecting veterans to help educated on how to make small businesses most successful. http://vets.syr.edu/
The Vets Group
This group provides training in information technology and business, and connects participants to federal programs to help get veterans on the track to owning their own business. http://www.vetsgroup.org/
This organization offers three-step training programs, including one for businesses hoping to grow and another for starting entrepreneurs. It also offers a network of women veteran small-business owners. http://whitman.syr.edu/vwise/
Veteran’s Business Outreach Program:
In conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the VBOC helps to provide education and mentoring to all veteran entrepreneurs, from the business-planning stage onward. Click here to find the location nearest you.
Veteran Affairs Mental Health Services
On the journey to becoming a Self Made, we must not only aim to be rich financially, but also rich in family. Unfortunately, PTSD is common among Veterans, and can create many setbacks in our financial and personal lives. Maryville University has given info on PTSD as well as resources for anyone struggling with PTSD. https://online.maryville.edu/online-bachelors-degrees/psychology/understanding-a-veteran-with-ptsd/
Resources for Networking
Emotional, financial, and economic support are key when you’re about to start your own businesses, which is why networking is especially important. Below are some great leads to help you get started.
Center for Women’s Veterans
A center for all things women that offer resources from health to business. http://www.va.gov/womenvet/
Veteran’s Business Network
Connecting people still serving in active duty as well as veterans, this organization helps businesses find partners and offers services to help veterans reach full potential. http://veteransbusinessnetwork.com/
Veterans United Network
A network for veterans to find help in all aspects of their personal and business life, as well as training for entrepreneurs. https://www.veteransunited.com
Women Vets Rock
An active network of women veterans who support each other’s business and hold local events. http://www.womenvetsrock.org/