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ST. LOUIS (May 1, 2019) – Darcella Craven, president of the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship at 2:30 pm EDT on May 1.

Craven, a U.S. Army veteran, will speak about the need for a national Veterans Business Outreach Center. The Senate hearing is set to examine the role of entrepreneurial development programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and VBOC. The VBRC operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center for a four-state area: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. She spoke with the committee on the current disposition of the resource partners, collaboration and offered her suggestions on improvements.

See her discussion with the committee below.

Video Link


2019 National Small Business Week is May 5 through May 11

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri Events –
Small Business Week of Southwest Illinois


VBRC Wins Federal Contract 10 Consecutive Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Announcement of VBRC Funding 2018 – St. Louis Metro

SBA National Announcement  Nebraska Release   KC Metro Release  Wichita Release

Contact: Darcella Craven       314-531-8387

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Nation’s First Veterans Business Resource Center Receives Expanded Funding

St. LOUIS (May 2018) – The Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), the nation’s first center assisting military Veteran entrepreneurs, is awarded the Veterans Business Outreach Center by the U. S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development. This initial award has up to four additional one-year option periods, subject to the availability of funds. This funding allows the VBRC to continue administrative functions in support of the entrepreneurial training and counseling programs conducted by the Center.

For complete Press Release please download for appropriate state.

2018 Small Business Champions Congratulations

Iowa Small Business – Hooah! Veterans Smallbiz Champ Mike Olson Army

St. Louis Small Business – Hooah! Entrepreneur of the Year Tim Smith Army

Upcoming VBRC Events

Boots 2 Business Reboot:    Register here Choose your state and choose your desired location. Start times are 0800 unless otherwise indicated. Other areas of the country are listed as well.

WebinarsClick here to view our list of upcoming webinars that can help propel your small business to success.

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Below is a list of events in the local and regional area we serve.   Please bookmark this page as it is update regularly.   Additionally, visit the links below of other calendars in the area for events that will assist in your networking and education efforts.

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

 Nebraska Events

Request a Speaker

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans and professionals who represent the organization at civic, professional, educational and other public venues.  Each year, VBRC speakers provide hundreds of presentations to thousands of people. Click here to request a speaker.

The VBRC Speakers Bureau is a service we provide to other military oriented organizations and the general public as a part of our public communication and outreach programs.  Our audiences include Veterans groups, Yellow Ribbon programs, National Guard pre- and post-deployments, small business groups, professional and technical organizations and community groups.

Exciting topics and dynamic presentations will inspire and educate your group.  Topics include:

  • Small Business Start Up Tricks and Tips
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Military Family Deployment and Its Impact
  • How VBRC Improves Our Communities
  • Mission and Program Briefings
  • Translating Military Skills Into Small Business Success
  • And more

We will work with you to identify the topic and speaker that will best meet your needs and the needs of your audience.

This service is FREE to military oriented organizations and community causes.  A donation to the VBRC which is a recognized 501c3 Nonprofit in good standing is always welcome and helps us keep our services FREE to all of our clients.

Click here to request a speaker or to arrange an interview with Darcella K. Craven, Executive Director.

Darcella Craven Brief Bio

Next Steps…

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there.   Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B.   Your unit has not left you!