Our goal is to get you to the right resource(s) to help you achieve your goal.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business.
Training is the most essential part of starting a business. We have subject matter experts that can assist you with understanding business plans, financials, marketing, sales, human resource management, and more.
We have pulled together a collection of free materials that are openly accessible around the Internet. Use the following training tabs to help direct your education efforts in lieu of spending hours searching the web for information.
5-Phase Veteran Entrepreneur Process
Our process is about helping you make a decision that is best for you and your family!
Developed over 10 years – WE KNOW THIS WORKS! How do we know? Because 63% of the small businesses that we have assisted from 2010 to 2013 are still operating! We are not satisfied with that statistic! However, considering that 7 of 10 small businesses fail in the first 3 years we are excited about the prospects of reaching a 80% or better in the next two years.
Why does this work? Because we are here to assist you not do it for you! Our process is designed to help you make a decision that is right for you and your current situation, assess your idea, and understand the best way to implement for maximum impact!
The VBRC utilizes a 5-pronged approach to assisting clients: 1) Evaluation and Counseling; 2) Business Consulting; 3) Skills Development; 4)Operations Implementation and 5) Mentoring. The model is based on theories of cognitive entrepreneurship development and adaptive work in combination with the formal education and real world experience of consultants.
PHASE 1 – Evaluation/Counseling
The client’s entrepreneurial abilities are further assessed using validated evaluation programs. Counselor discusses pros and cons of the venture’s readiness for small business. We determine if your idea is a viable business or a really great hobby.
PHASE 2 – Business Consulting
Counselors work to help the client understand marketing plan creation, financial management, and other business-related concepts.
Start-up companies entering the program will experience heavier emphasis on counseling and education in small business processes and planning. Expanding companies also experience one-on-one education and counseling with more emphasis on the company growth and development because of their ability to go after larger contracts and team on joint ventures.
Counselors and mentors spend significant time in consulting with the company and its functions. Companies are assisted in evaluating themselves and potential vendors across 4 key dimensions: Quality Product; Service; On Time Delivery, and Reasonable Price.
Emphasis is on more advanced concepts in business such as supply chain management, delegation of authority, training and accounting are supported.
PHASE 3 – Skills Development
A robust process that requires exploration of new behaviors and learning. The relationship with the client allows the counselor to help client do the work and, subsequently, take ownership of the process.
Phase 4 – Operations Implementation
Clients are assisted with securing business loans or other capital, preparation for operations and opening up the small business. Celebrations are promoted through social media and other avenue and client is promoted to other VBRC clients and potential partners.
PHASE 5 – Mentoring
Successfully established businesses help move the client through a formal process annotating his/her strengths and opportunities for improvement.
The goal is to assign a mentor that will stay with the small business throughout the duration of the program. Exposure to other local, regional and national programs helps our clients stay focused and continue to grow.
WE DON’T LET YOU GET TO THE ISLAND OF ME! YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Free Online Training
And it’s amazing how much information is on the Internet. We have brought together some of the best free online training links to benefit getting you started.
Small Business Administration Training Center – A combination of brief courses, videos and chat sessions to assist you in navigating the small business process. From accessing capital to hub zone certifications.
Game Changers Podcast – Government Contracting Game Changers is a weekly podcast designed to help government contractors find and win more contracts. Each week Game Changers brings our audience new techniques and strategies from industry specific Subject Matter Experts (SME’s).
VBOC Webinar Series: The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) are pleased to present a free webinar series for veterans and members of the military community on topics of interest to small business owners. Much of the information is relevant to all small businesses but will also cover items of interest specific to veteran-owned small businesses.
The series is presented on most Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CDT). Click on the course topic below to register for that session. Connection information will be provided upon registration. The webinars through December are included below and more will follow as they are scheduled.
We hope you will find all of the sessions informative. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Maggie Peterson at email@example.com or 314-531-8387.
Upcoming or Recent Webinars
Wednesday, May 9 – Pricing Strategies
How much should you charge? Learn from industry experts the right way to price your product or service.
Wednesday, May 15 – Social Media concerns for start ups
What platform should you use? How much should you pay? What is snapchat anyway? This training will help you ensure you keep your good business name out of trouble.
These sessions will come around again. Email firstname.lastname@example.org tell us what you want to hear again?
- How to Market to the Government
- How to Promote Your Business with Little or No Money
- Where is the Money Going in My Small Business?
- SBA Loans and Access to Capital
- Fundamentals of Government Contracting
- Making Marketing Work for You
- Top Tax Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid – unable to record, link takes you to content.
- Worker Classification: Employee or Contractor?.
- Business Education for Veterans
- Franchising for Veterans
- Worker Classification: Employee or Contractor?.
- Choosing the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business
- Advanced Small Business Teaming Strategies
- Understanding Financial Measures to Achieve Success
- Tips for Building the Perfect Website for Your Business
- The Many Ways of Financing a Business
- Mobile Marketing for Small Business
- Choosing a Business Structure for Your New Business
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.
Regional B2B and Reboot B2B Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a major expansion of their post-military entrepreneurship training efforts by expanding its Boots to Business entrepreneurship program beyond just transitioning troops to any veteran or their spouse interested in business. Download this B2B Takaways. You will also see a list of how to sign up for the classes on the post nearest you in MO, IA, IL, NE & KS. All other states click here for more information.
Reboot Boots to Business is a one-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources. For MO, IA, IL, NE & KS click here for schedule. All other states click here.
Local Bootstrap Program
Our local 2 day fast paced class designed to help you get your idea out of your head and on to one sheet of paper. We combine the traditional business plan course with the Lean Canvas Business Model to help move you through indecision, assessment of an idea and implementation. Local marketing, legal and finance experts will present to the group.
Limited enrollment to the first 15 qualified personnel. Application Required.
- Schedule: Saturdays
- Location: 911 Washington Avenue St. Louis, MO 63101 other sites coming soon
- Military, Veterans, NG/Reserve = NO COST
- Spouse/Significant Other = No Cost
- All Others = $10
Questions: Maggie Peterson (314) 531-8387 or mail to: email@example.com.
Where to Begin
Starting a business takes a great amount of planning and answering important questions. Filling out the quiz which will help the consultants understand where to start. These 9 questions are tough – but it is what you need to know.
1. Download the Business Idea Quiz. Read through each section and answer each section/question to the best of your knowledge.
|Business Idea Quiz
|“1 Page Pitch”
2. Submit your results. To have a VBRC Representative review your final answers, please fax, email, or submit your answers using this online form. A representative will review your answers and help provide guidance on next steps.