Business Development Programs
The VIB Network offers a variety of business development programs throughout the year to help the Veteran business community learn and grow. We offer various programs throughout the year. We look forward to you joining us!
Business Development Webinars
The VIB Network offers a variety of business development webinars throughout the year. Check our Events Calendar regularly, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.
VIB Network Dual App: Organization Information & Conferencing/Networking
The VIB Network will be launching our new VIB app in 2021 that will take us to the next level in networking for Veteran businesses. This dual app will help you easily find events or opportunities, and you will also be able to use the app during the VIB Conference for agenda alerts and connections. You will be able to create your own personal directory to use throughout the year. More information will be available soon.
Veteran 2 Veteran Business Cohorts
Applications will be available in March 2021. This 6-month in-depth program is for 12 established SDVOSB/DVBE/VOSBs. Over the years the V2V program has developed and grown to meet our Veteran business leaders’ needs. This program is one of our most intensive and successful initiatives. The V2V program continues to update the curriculum with our partner Leah Nelson (DVBE) of Nelson Leadership. This program is to help guide the established Veteran business owner in assessing their business for strategic growth and success. More information will be available soon.
Micro Mentor/Protege Program
This program is designed to be a 6-month program with one-on-one coaching and mentoring. All proteges will also participate in 6 group sessions, which will be 90-minutes in length, held monthly; individual coaching sessions will be 60-minutes in length. This program is a mix of technical skills and performance coaching. More information will be available soon – and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed!
The VIB Network will offer FREE training to all Veteran businesses on topics including Contracts 101, Networking Skills, Government and Utilities Contracting and more through the Entrepreneurial Development Growth and Education (EDGE) program. The technical assistance and skills taught during these sessions are invaluable to the Veteran Business Community. Be sure to check our Events Calendar and News & Webinars pages, as we’ll be posting information there as it comes available. We’ll also send information in our newsletter – so sign up!
VIB Outreach Events
Networking and outreach events are an important part of the VIB Network. Being able to meet with key buyers is essential to the growth of Veteran businesses. The VIB Network will host its 5th Annual Veteran Business Conference November 8-9, 2021 – more information will be available soon.
Agencies Ready to Assist You
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/
Starting A Business (by way of BestAccountingSoftware.com)
An exhaustive list of business resources for any veteran exploring a startup or growing their business. https://bestaccountingsoftware.com/veterans-guide-starting-business/
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 email@example.com.
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/
Learn about the services and benefits to help all Veterans in California
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