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As some of you know, this week is National Veterans Small Business Week. This has been a time to raise awareness about the resources available to veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.

This is a cause that is near and dear to my own heart, as I am a military spouse entrepreneur myself. Even before I married my paratrooper, I advocated for veteran education and entrepreneurship. I believe these men and women are highly equipped for leadership positions upon leaving their military positions and should never have to accept “a job, any job” to pay the bills.

Unfortunately, many vets experience difficulties in transitioning from military life to a civilian business environment, so they often do have to take jobs that are beneath their level of expertise. This is why entrepreneurship is such a great option. While small business ownership is not for every veteran or military spouse: it is worth the time to educate yourself on the processes involved in starting your own business and the options available to you.

As this week comes to a close, I would like to bring attention a few resources available to these unique small business owners (and aspiring small business owners). These programs are available in multiple states; which is perfect for the fluctuating nature of military life.

Please click on each link for more information on availability in your area:

Resource: Your Local Small Business Administration Office

Your local Small Business Administration will have information on every area of opening your business, and can help you get funding for your new venture.

Resource: Boots To Business Classes

Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members and veterans to business ownership. It is offered free of charge to military members and their spouses. 

Resource: Syracuse University Institute for Veteran and Military Families

Offers professional development and entrepreneurial education for veterans and military families.

Resource: Your Local SCORE Office

Your local SCORE office can connect you with a mentor to help guide your journey as a new small business owner. Mentors come from different business backgrounds and can help you address topics such as licensing, marketing, accounting, compliance, and creating a business plan.

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