One Stop Shop For Veteran Entrepreneurship

Uniting veteran-owned businesses, researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies .

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Whatever your interest in veteran entrepreneurship is, we are here to provide the solution.

The Center has assembled a database of private sector, regional, community, state and federal government programs, and services for entrepreneurs. The center has partnered with several organizations that are eager to aid veterans in pursuing small business ownership. Through the center’s database veterans and their families are able to search and access thousands of resources to help them along their entrepreneurial path.

Academic Research

The Center organizes current data to drive new and necessary research. The center is focused on gathering, organizing, and publicizing the knowledge that is generated. The research will be used to influence strategies and policies that will have a positive impact on business creation and growth for transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and their families.


These education programs range from academic degree programs at the undergraduate level, master’s degree, Ph.D., certificate courses, incubator and accelerator programs, short trainings, and more. All of these programs have a focus on providing veterans and their families the skills, tools, and up to date knowledge that is necessary to thrive as small business owners.


Whether you’re a veteran looking to do business with a Fortune 500 company or a large corporation wanting to work with veterans, the center will serve as a bridge between stakeholders and networks. A database of certifications, supplier diversity initiatives, networking events, and more has been created in conjunction with the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB) to keep all parties up to date on the latest best practices.

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About the Center of excellence

Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship

The Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship works to unite veteran-owned businesses, researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies in an organized effort to make transitioning service members, veterans, and their families successful business owners.

  • Complete coverage. find resources where you are.

    Local resources in all 50 states, DC, and American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

  • Veterans represent 9% of the US population

    There are 21.2 million US veterans out there. Find how you can connect with others like you.

  • 12% of Veterans are self-employed

    And they are responsible for over 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses in the US.

  • Veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed

    Running a business is difficult work. Find resources in your community to help you succeed.

Over 6,000 resources.
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center of excellence team

The Center of Excellence is led by a dedicated team at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
Misty Stutsman
Misty Stutsman
“My hope is that any veteran interested in starting a small business can come to the COE and access resources, receive mentorship, and pursue their entrepreneurial dream. At the COE, we strive to heavily invest in, nurture, and guide towards success our nation’s most important resource, veterans and their families.”
Kristina Donzella
Kristina Donzella
Assistant Director
“Serving those who have served is our top priority. COE wants to make sure we provide veteran entrepreneurs with all the necessary resources and tools to become successful business owners. I strongly believe in the mission of the COE and want to do my part in helping to deliver a one of a kind service to our veterans“
Mitchell Forbes
Mitchell Forbes
Student Support
“Service members leave the military with a unique set of skills, experiences, and determination that is unrivaled. Having served in the Army, I believe that small business ownership is the perfect fit for any veteran that wants a rewarding new career. The COE provides the necessary tools, resources, and support for the veterans that take on the entrepreneurial challenge.”

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