August 15, 2016

Resource Directory

We have national, state, and local resources.

We recommend starting at the state level before narrowing your search.

To find resources in your state, use the drop down menu on the right (or bottom) of the page.

You can also browse national resources or use the advanced search option.

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All of the resources in the veteran entrepreneurship directory fall into one of several categories. Scroll down to read more about what they do.

Acronym

Organization Name

CDC Community Development Corporation

Provides programs, offers services and engages in other activities that promote and support community development. CDCs usually serve a geographic location such as a neighborhood or a town.

DAV TSO Disabled American Veterans Transition Service Office

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. The organization provides rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with benefit claims, as well as hosting job fairs and helping veterans find employment. Find the office nearest you.

IAVA Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

“IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.”

SBA Small Business Administration

This is a national resource with many branches and it provides a wide swath of resources to small business owners at any stage in the life cycle of their business.

SBDC Small Business Development Center

These are local resources that operate independently from city to city and pursue economic development through the encouragement of small business.

SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE connects entrepreneurs with mentors to help build their enterprise with free business advice.

SVA Student Veterans of America

The SVAs mission is to provide veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

VA Veterans Affairs
VBOC Veteran Business Outreach Center

The VBOC Program 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.

VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW Posts are local organizations and are meant to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. VFW advocates on behalf of veterans and gives back through service and scholarships.

VSO Veteran Service Organization

Some VSOs are “chartered”, which means they are federally chartered and/or recognized or approved by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Non-chartered organizations cannot represent VA claimants but provide other services.

WBC Women’s Business Center

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

WTU Warrior Transition Units

WTUs provide personalized support to wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management, as well as mobilized Reserve Component Soldiers requiring definitive care.
WWB Wounded Warrior Battalions (part of Wounded Warrior Regiment)

WWBs are committed to the recovery and success of Marines whether they are assigned to the regiment, remain with a parent unit, or have already transitioned to civilian life.