Business Services for Soldiers


New York State Veterans’ Business Outreach Center Program

What is it?

New York State’s Veterans’ Business Outreach Center (VBOC) provides entrepreneurial development services like mentoring and targeted business training, and can also help veterans expand and strengthen an existing small business.

How does it work?

VBOC provides many services free of charge, including one-on-one business counseling services with a program coordinator or someone with similar qualifications, as well as business plan development and financial guidance. The Mentorship Initiative matches new entrepreneurs with experienced veteran business owners who can share their experiences and expertise with other veterans to help them grow their businesses. Spouses, widows and widowers, and children of veterans may also use VBOC services.

U.S. Small Business Administration's Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative

What is it?

SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative offers a quick turnaround on loan procedures for veterans. If the veteran is already a small business owner, he or she has the option of free or low-cost online training and can also receive help in selling goods and services to the government.

How does it work?

The SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative provides loans for veterans and members of the military community who want to create or expand a small business. Veterans may then use that loan for a variety of business necessities, including purchasing equipment, inventory, expansion, and more. Active-duty members, current spouses, and widowed spouses of a veteran are also eligible for these services. Loans are available up to $500,000.

SCORE’s Veteran Fast Launch Initiative

What is it?

SCORE’s Veteran Fast Launch Initiative is a resource for both veterans and active duty military personnel that provide business training, workshops, and access to online business tutorials. The program is open to both veterans starting a business and to those who have established businesses. Not only is this service for veterans, but spouses and members of the veterans’ immediate family may also receive the benefits the initiative provides.

How does it work?

The initiative has provided training and mentoring to veteran entrepreneurs for more than 45 years through its network of 13,000 volunteer mentors and trainers. It offers free or discounted resources, such as computer software and business services provided by major corporate partners.