Helping you protect your bottom line.
As Veteran business owners, we are always concerned about our bottom line. Below is a list of business resources we feel are useful for all types of businesses. Most of these resources are FREE or at very low cost and can help you cut through the red tape of government contracting, one-on-one business counseling, assist with your certifications and more. So, before you pay for anyone to “help you,” check the resources below to see if they can assist you and protect your bottom line.
SBA (Small Business Administration)
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) 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. https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/vboc
PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Centers)
PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality. http://www.aptac-us.org/
SCORE -Veteran Fast Launch Initiative
Every year, over 180,000 dedicated men and women exit our nation’s armed services after their loyal service to our nation. For over 45 years, SCORE has been a leader in providing mentoring and training to entrepreneurs through its network of 13,000 volunteer mentors and trainers. SCORE stands ready to answer the call of helping our veterans to transition into life as entrepreneurs. https://www.score.org/content/veteran-fast-launch-initiative
SBDC (Small Business Development Center )
America’s SBDC supports a well-established, respected, adequately funded and capable SBDC network, recognized by public and private sector entities as the preeminent provider of small/medium business counseling, education and information. The SBDC network provides uniform, high quality, cost effective assistance through its members, resulting in a positive long-term economic impact. http://americassbdc.org/home/find-your-sbdc/
VBOC (Veteran’s Business Outreach Center)
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. http://www.vbocix.org/about1
DGS (Department of General Services-California)
The Outreach section is committed to expanding statewide outreach for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises and small businesses through education and business opportunity enhancements. http://www.dgs.ca.gov/pd/Programs/OSDS/CommunicationsOutreach.aspx
Procurement Division, Attn: Outreach Section
707 3rd Street, 2nd Floor, MS 2-204, West Sacramento, CA 95605
916-375-4400 • Advocate@dgs.ca.gov
CalVet (California Department of Veterans Affairs)
Physical Address: 1227 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 942895, Sacramento, CA 94295
800-952-5626 • TDD: 800-324-5966 • Outside California: 800-221-8998
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The VA has special authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB and VOSB) set-aside and sole source contracts. http://www.va.gov/osdbu/verification/index.asp. The VA has an 8% goal with SDVOSBs/DVBEs. Make sure to register your business today at https://www.vip.vetbiz.va.gov/
San Diego Unified seeks disabled- and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in the construction industry. This includes contractors and subcontractors of all trades and licenses, and construction materials suppliers, manufacturers and equipment providers. There are also sporadic opportunities for consultants such as architects, engineers and project/construction management services. Click on the logo to view a current list of bids and solicitations. For additional information, contact Alma Bañuelos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York State has amazing opportunities for all Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB) nationwide! The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State SDVOB. The 6% goal encourages and supports eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state’s economy by increasing their participation in New York State’s contracting opportunities. For more information visit: https://ogs.ny.gov/veterans/
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