St Louis, MO,USA
(314) 531-VETS (8387)

Resources – old

The VBRC is part of a larger local and nation entrepreneurial network.  Use the information below to connect to other resources or feel free to contact us for more information or questions.  Our goal is to get you to the right resource(s) to help you achieve your goal. Whether that is with our Center or another agency, we are dedicated to helping you get it right.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Expand each of the items below to learn the answers to our clients most pressing questions.  If you have more and cannot find the answer on our website, feel free to contact us directly.

How do I get registered to receive VA contracts?

While we appreciate you stopping by our site, you have reached the wrong VETBIZ. You wanted VETBIZ.GOV which is now located at www.va.gov/osdbu/ (click here and we will get you back to the right spot.) If you find that site confusing or need more assistance, come on back and register for counseling. We are only too happy to help.

Do I need to be a Veteran to get your assistance?

Any person who honorably served in the United States military all five branches (Of course we did not forget the Coast Guard) can receive our assistance.

We also help family members of those persons who are holding down the fort while their loved one is deployed.  And we work with widows/widowers as needed.

Can my family and friends come with me to training?

Well yeah! We encourage you to bring business partners, family members and investors with you to the consulting meetings. Basically anyone that you still want to have a relationship with as you are starting this business should come.

Worst thing you can do is learn new information but your support system does not.

How do I access the 'free money' out there for Veterans to start a business?

Wow you have opened a can of worms huh! We know. We know. The guy on the infomercial told you that there were government grants out there for you to get.

Ok, let’s think about this for a hot second. If there were free money out there, you would see the line from Mars! Business owners need to think about ‘free money’ or grants differently.

Our services are $275 per hour – you do not pay because someone else does.  A QuickBook class can be $400 but we offer them for less than $20 to clients – you save $380 in your budget.

See! If you can get great information that would normally come from your budget then you are getting a ‘grant’.

If I don't really have an idea yet can you help?

Yes, we have several ways to help you make a decision about small business as a direction. You should register for one of our “How To” courses held each month.

Please visit our training section for a list of classes and times.

What is B2B or Reboot B2B and how can I get involved?

The Boots to Business (B2B) program is a 2-day intensive course held on military post for transitioning military personnel and their families. Registration is completed through the Transition Assistance Program or Army Career Assistance Program through the Family Readiness Center on post.

If you are already a transitioned military member (i.e. Veteran) please contact your local post to see if you can attend. If not, there will be Reboot B2B happening in our region.  The program will be open for all Veterans and family members. That schedule is here for across the country, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam & Puerto Rico.

What is B2B or Reboot B2B and how can I get involved?

The Boots to Business (B2B) program is a 2-day intensive course held on military post for transitioning military personnel and their families. Registration is completed through the Transition Assistance Program or Army Career Assistance Program through the Family Readiness Center on post.

If you are already a transitioned military member (i.e. Veteran) please contact your local post to see if you can attend. If not, there will be Reboot B2B happening in our region.  The program will be open for all Veterans and family members. That schedule is here for across the country, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam & Puerto Rico.

Ok, what is the catch? How much does this service cost me?

Well, that is the $64,000 question. No really, it’s $64,000! The answer is “it depends.” The current Executive Director of the VBRC is an Army Veteran. Her rule is Army is no cost. Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard pay in small, shiny trinkets that are really expensive and hard to come by. Navy (since she is mad that they keep beating Army at football – sore subject we don’t speak on it) pays the going market rate for all services plus their first born child. The caveat is that child must be well-behaved. If not, you keep them we have enough challenges dealing with the Marine clients.

Wait, she says it is no cost for all who qualify for our services. There are adjusted fees for some classes and clients who need on-site consulting are charged at a sliding scale. You should inquire with the Administrator for more details.

Good, because we were not looking forward to taking on your kids.

Center Locations and Areas of Coverage

Use the information below to connect with a VBOC/VBRC in your region.

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Center for Women & Enterprise (MA, NH, RI, VT)

132 George M. Cohan Blvd. – 2nd Floor, Providence, RI  02903

Point of Contact: Director Brian LaFauci
Phone: 401-427-6536; Email: blafauci@cweonline.org (cut & paste to e-mail): Webpage: VBOC Website

New York, New Jersey

Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership

44 Dalliba Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189
Point of Contact:

Phone: (518) 326-5522

Email: pgannon @ arsenalpartnership.org Webpage: www.vetbiznj.com

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia

Hampton Road Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University (VA, DE, PA, WV)

4111 Monarch Way, Suite 103, Norfolk, VA 23508
Point of Contact: Cherylynn Sagester

Phone: – 757-683-4793; Fax: 757-683-5509;

Email: csageste@odu.edu (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.hrvboc.com

Community Business Partnership (DC, MD, Northern VA, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)

6564 Loisdale Road Suite 600, Springfield, VA 22150

Telephone Number: 703-768-1440

Website: http://www.cbponline.org

Email Address: charles@cbponline.org

Florida, Georgia, Alabama, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, N. Carolina, Louisiana

The Veterans’ Business Outreach Center at Gulf Coast State College (FL)

Gulf Coast State College, J R Asbell Business Building, Suite 206 D, 5230 West U S Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401
Point of Contact: Brenton Peacock

Phone: 1-800-542-7232 or 805-769-1551, ext 3327

Email: bpeacock@ vboc.org (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.vboc.org

The Veterans Business Outreach Center @ Fayetteville State University (NC)

1200 Murchison Road, Newbold Station, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Point of Contact:

Phone: 910-672-2683

Email: sespinos@ uncfsu.edu (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.fsuvboc.com

Veterans Business Outreach Center @ Mississippi State University (AL, LA, MS, TN)

60 Technology Blvd Ste D, Starkville, MS 39759
Point of Contact: Mark Scott

Phone: 662-325-4990

Email: pstewart@ business.msstate.edu (cut & paste to e-mail) Webpage: www.vboc.msstate.edu

VECTR Center

1001 S. Armed Forces Blvd, Warner Robins, GA
Phone: 833-448-3287

Email: coming soon Webpage: coming soon

VetBiz Central, Inc (IN, MI, OH)

501 South Averill Avenue, Flint, MI 48506
Point of Contact: Matthew Sherwood

Phone: 810-767-8387

Email: matt@ vetbizcentral.org (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.vetbizcentral.org

Veterans Business Resource Center @ WWBIC (IL, WI, MN)

1533 N. Rivercenter Drive, Milwaukee, WI
Point of Contact:

Phone: 414-263-5450

Email:  VBOC@ WWBIC.com (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.wwbic.com/veterans/

Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado

Veterans Business Outreach Center @ The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (Central & So. TX)

CESS Building, 1407 East Freddy Gonzalez Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 817-272-6789

Email: utavboc@ uta.edu (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.uta.edu/business/dean/vboc.php

New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center (CO, NM)

5201 Eagle Rock Ave., NE, Suite 2A, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113
Phone: 505-383-2403

Email: Joseph.Long@state@nm.us (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.nmvboc.org

Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas (and some parts of Illinois)

Veterans Business Resource Center

Headquarters office: 911 Washington Ave, Suite 705 (63101); NCBC 2700 N. 14th St. (63104)

Point of Contact: Darcella K. Craven
Phone: 314-531-VETS(8387) or 8386; Fax: 877-825-4190; Email: admin@ vetbiz.com (cut & paste to e-mail): Webpage: you are already on it!

Message and Fax: 877-825-4190

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah

Big Sky Economic Development (MT)

Mailing Address: 222 N. 32nd Street, Ste 200, billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-869-8411 or 8408

Email: info@ vbocregion8.com (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: vbocregion8.com

Arizona, California, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, HI

Veterans Business Outreach Center – Region IX (NV, No CA)

4608 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 916-527-8400

Email: admin@ vbocix.org (cut & paste to e-mail); Webpage: www.vbocix.org

SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center (So CA)

2075 Las Palmas Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92011

Phone:  760-795-8739 Website:  www.socalvboc.org

Email: SoCalVboc @ miracosta.edu (cut & paste email)

Arizona Women’s Education & Entrepreneur Center (AZ)

4520 N. Central, 5th Floor, Suite 550, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone:  480-322-4634  Website:  http://aweecenter.org/arizona-vboc/

Email: mevangelesta @turnanewleaf.org (cut & paste email)

Veterans Business Outreach Center at Univ of Hawaii (American Samoa, Guam, HI)

2800 Woodlawn Dr., Ste. 299, Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone:  808-987-5245 Website: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/vboc

Email:  vboc @ hawaii.edu (cut & paste email)

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Seattle Business Assistance Center

1437 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: 206-324-4330, ext. 139  Webpage: www.businessimpactnw.org/services/coaching/vboc

Email: domoniquej@ businessimpactnw.org (cut & paste to e-mail)

Not finding what you need? Sometimes a webinar works, other times you need to be in person, sometimes you are more comfortable joining a structured group, others work well with phone consultations, and sometimes you just don’t make a connection with a particular person or group. You are not stuck. Here are additional sources for information and business assistance:

Secretary of State provides state specific information on starting businesses in your state and registering your business in the state.Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help with government contracting information.

SCORE chapters provide local classes, seminars, articles and more.State SourceLinks connects entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to the local resources they need to start and grow businesses better and faster.There are 2 bootcamp programs in the mid-west. These are intense business training programs where you join a group and do a combination of at home work and in person training. They are completely free to qualified veterans:






  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support they need to develop a strategic and customized business growth plan that will take their company to the next level. Applicants selected for the education program will receive a world-class business education and connections to a professional support network at no cost.
  • V-WISE – V-WISE is a open to all women veterans, active duty female service members and female partners/spouses of active service members and veterans who share the goal of launching and growing a sustainable business venture. Minimal cost involved.
  • Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) – PBC’s core program is an intensive three-day event designed to engage, inspire, and mentor Veterans and their spouses, to help them start, innovate, and scale the next generation of technology-focused businesses. PBC provides participants with free education and training in entrepreneurial and business skills, as well as mentorship from successful leaders from the entrepreneurial, military and business communities. PBC hosts its event at no cost to participants in locations across the country.
  • VetToCEO – The VetToCEO core program is a seven-week program. You’ll join a group of fellow qualified veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan. Programs are designed and facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs who are also veterans, exclusively for veterans of all branches. We offer the program free of charge to qualified/verified members of the military and veterans.
Veterans Business Resource Center is a Proud Member of
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis

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!