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

VBOC Program

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 ProductService; On Time Delivery, and Reasonable Price.

Emphasis is on more advanced concepts in business such as supply chain managementdelegation of authoritytraining 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.


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).

Free on demand interactive workshops. Learn at your own pace, when and where you want. Click Here for more details https://www.score.org/courses-demand

The SBA provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts. Participating in these programs helps small businesses:

  • Win a fair share of federal contracts
  • Qualify for exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts
  • Partner with established contractors to win contracts
  • Get business mentoring and education to learn how federal contracting works”

Click here for more information https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs

Upcoming or Recent Webinars

Free live Webinars – hosted every week on small business tips and strategies. Click here to see current offerings:  https://www.score.org/live-webinars

Grab your 30 minute session with a local attorney. Appointments required.

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

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.


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
Fillable Template
“1 Page Pitch”
Fillable Template

2. Submit your results. To have a VBRC Representative review your final answers, please faxemail, or submit your answers using this online form. A representative will review your answers and help provide guidance on next steps.

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!