Veteran-Owned Small Businesses 

Programs for Veteran-Owned Businesses

  • Small Disadvantaged Business Certification: Small businesses can register to federal contracts as a Small Disadvantaged Businesses. Eligibility applies for disadvantaged owners who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Criteria for this program can be found through the SBA


  • 8(a) Business Development Program: Federal program done to provide contracting and assistance for Small Disadvantaged Businesses and gives access to business development through training, consulting, marketing, and technical assistance. 

  • SBA Mentor-Protege Program (MPP):  The SBA program that allows small businesses to partner (protege) with an experienced business (mentor) to guide proteges through business development. Check for eligibility​​

  • HUBZones Program: Federal program to aid small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones. If eligible, small businesses are able to set-aside contracts made specifically for HUBZone business, as well as a 10% price evaluation preference to contract competitions. 

Funding Options 


  • 7(a) Loans: SBA loan program that offers funding for small businesses for short or long-term capital, expenses, and could be used for real estate in a business purchase. Funding amounts are provided up to $5 million.

  • 504 Loans: Long-term funding made for small businesses at a fixed rate up to $5 million. This program is allowed for the purchase or construction of existing buildings/land, long-term machinery or equipment and new facilities. 504 loans can be found through Certified Development Companies (CDCs) via the SBA.

  • Capital Access Center (CAC): The CAC, part of the Kansas SBDC, is a consulting service to small business owners needing Capital (Loans, Lines of Credit, etc) or that have "Ask a Banker" type of questions that they would feel more comfortable asking the experienced staff at the CAC vs asking their own bank.

Other Resources 

  • Boots to Business Program: Educational and training Program aimed for veteran entrepreneurs in association with the U.S. Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot

  • ​​Minority Business Development Agency: The MBDA helps provide customized business development and industry focused services to provide greater access to capital, contracts, and markets.   

  • Local Assistance:  Talk with your city/county to find more programs or funding in your local area

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Presenter:  Randy Robinson, Regional Director, Kansas SBDC at Pittsburg State University

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Is your company ready to achieve SBA's 8(a) Program certification?

Join Teri Taylor with the Small Business Administration for an in-depth discussion about the SBA 8(a)/BD certification program requirements. This program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged firms in their attempts to grow and succeed, including potential access to government contracting.

Presenter: Teri Taylor

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