Small Business Development Programs for Veterans

Veterans and their family members interested in starting their own business have a variety of programs offered to them. Investigating the options when planning a new business is essential for any person interested in being their own boss.

In this Resource:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Veterans Enterprise

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs strictly for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors. The SBA offers the Office of Veterans Business Development to help veterans and their family members start their own businesses.

According to their website the “SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development is responsible for liaison with the Veterans business community; for policy analysis and reporting; for acting as an Ombudsman for Veterans in Small Business Administration programs, for providing business training, counseling and assistance, and for overseeing the Federal procurement programs for Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small businesses.”

A sample of the resources and programs the SBA offers to veterans include:

  • Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (MREIDL)
  • Veterans Business Development Officers
  • Center for Veterans Enterprise
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Directory of Veterans Service Organization
  • Office of Small Business Utilization
  • Department of the Army Office of Small Business Programs
  • Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs
  • Secretary of the Air Force/Small Business (SAF/SB)
  • Federal Acquisition Jumpstation

Links to each of the programs and more can be found at

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), a program office within the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).   OSDBU seeks to enable Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Veteran Owned Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone Businesses, and Woman Owned Small Businesses to add value to the work of VA.  OSDBU provides outreach and liaison support to business (small and large) and other members of the public and private sectors concerning small business acquisition issues.  OSDBU is responsible for monitoring VA implementation and execution of the socioeconomic programs.

The OSDBU manages which offers procurement preferences to veteran owned and controlled small businesses. In order to take advantage of this preference, the business must be verified as an eligible firm and be registered in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP).  You can find information about the verification program administered by CVE and instructions concerning how to become verified at  For questions regarding the VA Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program or the status of your verification, please call (202) 618-3765.

To learn more about programs for veterans who want to own their own business please visit


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