Celebrating the Women Veteran Small Business Community
March is Women’s History Month – the perfect time to reflect on all of the impactful women from years past. From inventors like Marie Curie to entrepreneurs like Madame C.J. Walker, these leaders and changemakers have paved the way for the next generation of female success stories.
Our nation’s 1.1 million women-owned small businesses are already making history, and the SBA is here to make sure these entrepreneurs have the necessary resources to succeed. And did you know that women service members, veterans, and spouses can access business startup and continuity resources through the SBA too?
Here are just a few of the many SBA programs and services available for the women veteran small business community.
· Boots to Business: If you’re interested in transitioning into small business ownership, Boots to Business is the perfect first step for women service members, veterans, and military spouses who are looking to learn the fundamentals of business. Classes are available on military installations worldwide and in local communities via Boots to Business Reboot.
· Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program: Through WVETP, women veterans can build the skills necessary to navigate through the complexities of small business ownership. Programs are provided by a network of SBA-funded grantees including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, San Antonio LiftFund, and ONABEN.
· Local Resources for Women Veterans: Did you know you have access to skilled business advisors and mentors right in your local neighborhood? Together, SBA’s Women’s Business Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers are equipped with the tools and resources to prepare you for the unique obstacles you may face as a woman veteran in the business world.
· WOSB Federal Contracting Program: The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of all contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year. If your small business is at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens, you may be able to leverage the benefits of SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program.
It’s time for you to make history. For more information about the SBA’s resources for women veteran entrepreneurs, visit http://bit.ly/Mar21VetBiz1.
SBA’s top priority is to continue to support the small business community, including the military and veteran small business community, through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit sba.gov/coronavirus for information.
This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development. To learn more about OVBD visit, sba.gov/ovbd.