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Veterans in Business - Vetbiz.gov

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The VA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization promotes business ownership and expansion for veterans. They provide resource assistance for veterans and service-disabled veterans who are considering starting or expanding a business. The staff works with all federal agencies, large contractors and not-for-profit assistance organizations. The following is a summary of the important services Vetbiz offers:

Vendor Information Pages:

Many Federal Agencies and private businesses have not been able to find enough veteran-owned businesses to meet their goals and contracting objectives. Veteran-owned businesses can't afford to market to all potential federal customers or even understand how to locate them. VIP is the answer; created as a free service to the veterans who have helped this nation remain free and strong! VIP allows users to search for veteran-owned businesses, register veteran-owned businesses and update business profiles.

Assistance Program Pages:

An Assistance Program is a service of a government or private organization that offers help to individuals or business owners. This content of this database is outlined in Section 302 of Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999. This service allows users to search, register and update assistance programs.

Federal Procurement:

On October 20th, 2004, the President signed Executive Order 13360 calling for an increase federal contracting and subcontracting opportunites for service-disabled veteran businesses. On December 12th, 2004, the Executive Office of the President issued a memorandum to all Federal agencies on the implementation of the Executive Order. This memorandum provides guidance to assist agencies in preparing their strategies to implement the Order. This service offers strategy plans, agency past performance, links to federal procurement and data system information.

Partners:

The effort to assist veteran-owned businesses is a government-wide effort encompassing a number of federal departments, agencies, and allied organizations. Vetbiz works to create new opportunities for veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Getting Started:

Starting a business can be an exciting venture offering many rewards. However, you must be prepared and you must understand the basics. SBA has a wealth of information on programs and services available to those wishing to start a business or expand an existing business.

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Management:

Often the most confusing part of being an entrepreneur is "How do I start a business?" This service provides resources for business management, veterans business outreach programs, procurement technical assistance, electronic commerce resource centers and more.

Money:

Unfortunately VA does not have loans or grants for the startup or expansion of a small business. The Small Business Administration is the agency that has been tasked with helping small businesses, for which they have several loan programs established. Some states have micro loan programs that will help in the development of a new business venture. To find out if your state has a program you can contact the Small Business Development Centers in your state. Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

Marketing:

If you want to do business with the Federal government you must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database and, effective January 1, 2005, you must also register in the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) database in order to do business with Vetbiz. If you are a veteran-owned or service-disabled veteran-owned small business you should also register with the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database. Each agency may have additional registration procedures and you should contact them concerning how to register as a vendor with them.

Mentoring:

Trailblazers are our veteran business owners who are paving the way for current and future entrepreneurs. The Mentor-Protege Program is designed to encourage approved Mentors to provide various forms of assistance to eligible protege Participants. The purpose of the mentor-protege relationship is to enhance the capabilities of the Proteges; and to improve their ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.

Conferences:

What can VA do to assist you? If you need a speaker for your upcoming event, handout materials, listing on our veteran-owned business calendar, or some other assistance, Vetbiz can help.

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Awards and Recognition:

Find out about major program accomplishments, champions of veterans, enterprise awards and more.

News and Information:

Find out the most recent news and information through the Vetbiz E-Zine, frequently asked questions, documents and notices, and online forms.

For more information, visit Vetbiz.gov.

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