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News & Events


Due to the current COVID-19 concerns all in person events have been suspended until further notice. See Local Small Business Resources below.


Virtual Coffee House

Date: Mondays 8 AM CT (starting 9/14)

The Coffee House is ready to open its doors once again! Start your week with us Every Monday at 8 AM CT. Grab your favorite mug and join the conversation with VBRC President Darcella Craven and some of the country’s top business professionals. These weekly informal chats cover a variety of topics from Servant Leadership, Business Finance and much more.

register at:


Creativity During Turbulent Times: A discussion with a young art entrepreneur

Monday September 14th

Conversation Leader: Lowell Daniels

Monday September 21st

Give what you Get: The Importance of Entrepreneurs giving back and engaging with their communities

Conversation Leader: James E. Williams Jr

If you would like the opportunity to help lead a conversation contact Evyn Johnson at:


Boots to Business Reboot: Food Truck Start Up Class

Date: September 22 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM CT

Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your own food truck?  Now is the time! The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) are taking the Boots To Business/Reboot program online. Register at:


Entrepreneur Book Club

Join our journey of professional development! Growth comes through learning and community. Our goal is to develop our unit of business professionals because we believe entrepreneurs will lead the vanguard of rebuilding our economy. ⁠

We will be continuing with The Uniqueness Myth and other misconceptions that derail business by Dale Furtwengler.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of our summer book. For more information visit:


St. Louis Business Diversity Connect

Date/ Time: February 25,2021 8:15 AM- 2 PM & March 2nd 2020

Join us for a unique, one-day event on that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet with and pitch their business to procurement representatives and supplier diversity managers from government entities and corporations. Minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest are welcome. The event will feature vendors and national corporations invited by nationally recognized certification organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council through the Women’s Business Development Center.

And sign up for Matchmaker meeting on March 2nd for the chance to meet with some of the region’s most influential corporations.

Do you have a business proposal that you would like to pitch to the region’s top suppliers. Join the Pitch STL competition to win the opportunity to meet with top representatives form Beyer, Centene and Express Scripts/ Cigna.

More information:


September Virtual Events:


September Score Webinars:

Sep 8: Lessons Learned About a Business Journey – The Story of a Minority Entrepreneur

Sep 10: Starting an Online Business for Next to No Money

Sep 17: Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 29: Concrete Strategies to Boost Your Sleep & Double Your Business Impact


Note: All webinars are recorded –


September 1st – Tuesday (Webinar for Kearney area)

REAP: Legal Structure + Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Training


Are you interested in becoming involved and/or improving a farmer’s market? This webinar series will get you started.

Questions: 402-687-2100



September 2nd – Wednesday

Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Planning For Business Resumption


In this webinar, you’ll learn how to assess your businesses current status, what you need to get your business open, drafting communication plans to your existing customers and attracting new customers, what systems need to be changed, updated or removed & more!

Questions: 402-685-5500



September 4th – Friday

NBDC Technology Commercialization: SBIR/STTR 101


Learn SBIR/STTR program basics and if you’re eligible to apply. This event will help attendees identify appropriate agencies and topic areas and discuss the commercialization process, preparing participants for the SBIR Road Tour that stops in Omaha on October 19.

Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-2521 or



September 9th – Wednesday

NBDC PTAC: Introduction to Government Contracting – Marketing Your Business


This webinar introduces you to the basic information you need to sell to government agencies including: how to find opportunities at public websites, how to register with public agencies, and will explain the many details of government contracting.

For established businesses

Questions: Mary Graff, 402-554-6254 or



September 10th – Thursday

NBDC PTAC: Government Contracting – Take Advantage of Your Socio-Economic Status


Demystifying government contracting is a monthly series that focuses on helping businesses sell to the government with a new topic every month. This month will cover taking advantage of your socio-economic status. You’ll receive a step-by-step process for introducing yourself and your company at conferences, with partners and with government decision makers; what to do during government meetings and how/when to properly communicate your socio-economic status.

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-618-7079



September 11th – Friday (Zoom)

NBDC PTAC: Meet the Buyers Conference – Day One


This year, the annual Meet the Buyers Conference will take place over two days. The first day will be virtual and feature speakers from GSA, RSM Federal and Koprince Law. The second part of the conference will take place on October 20th and will allow for one-on-one meetings with agencies. Zoom instructions will be provided to all registered attendees the week of the event.

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-618-7079



September 14th – Monday (Webinar for Norfolk area)

REAP: Marketing and Vendor Recruitment/Retention Training


Are you interested in becoming involved and/or improving a farmer’s market? This webinar will get you started.

Questions: 402-687-2100



September 15th – Tuesday

NBDC PTAC: Government Contracting Certifications – Women-Owned Small Business


This webinar covers the Women-Owned Small Business federal contracting program. It will cover the certification process, the federal contracting set-asides, and certification process and regulation updates.

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-554-7079



September 17th – Thursday

SBA: Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business


Learn the SBA’s 4 steps to entering the federal marketplace: how to self-certify yourself as a small business (understanding NAICS codes), how to know if the Federal Government buys what you sell (understanding set-asides), how to know if it is for you (registrations and certifications), and how to market your business to the government.

Questions: 402-221-7229



September 17th – Thursday

Grow Nebraska: Free and Low Cost Small Business Resources


Whether you are starting a business or have been in business for years, you’ll learn something new from this webinar! There is a wealth of free and low-cost resources available to you as a small business owner. We’ll cover SBA and our resource partners, great websites for online learning, and tons of other federal, state and local resources.

Questions: 308-962-6767




Local Small Business Resources

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

Nebraska Resources


Additional Resources:

WBENC – Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19
There are hundreds of WBENC-Certified WBE’s with COVID-19 related supplies and services. For a limited time, WBENC is sharing a list of these WBEs to the public to help support procurement needs for the greater business community and to fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Missouri Women’s Business Center – Coffee + Conversation at 9:30am CST weekly on Tuesdays



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.

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

Confidential Legal Services!


CEO Roundtable Application

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans that gather monthly to discuss business issues.  Click here to apply for membership.

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!