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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​​

  • The Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL): SBA Loan with maximum amount of $2 million or essential employees that are military reservists called to active duty. This program covers operating expenses for such circumstances with no pre-payment penalties or fees.  Apply Here.​​​

  • SBA Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP):  The SBA program that allows small businesses to partner (protégé) 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. 

  • 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. 

    • To watch our recorded webinar on this program click here.

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

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

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

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