Business Assistance

Take advantage of loans, education, and free advice.

Serving those who served: That's the Veterans Business Development motto in the Small Business Administration. The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network together with the SBA offers a full menu of services to veterans wishing to become entrepreneurs. In general, you can find expert guidance in these areas:

  1. Choosing a business and the form the business should take
  2. Preparing a business plan
  3. Securing financing
  4. Operating the business
  5. Managing employees
  6. Growing your business

Business Development

SBA Office of Veterans Business Development -

The SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development (IVBD) is dedicated to serving the veteran entrepreneur by formulating, executing, and promoting poicies and programs

Business Programs for Veterans -

As a service member or veteran you now have an opportunity to use your education benefits to learn how to start or enhance a small business. Entrepreneurship training allows eligible service members and veterans to use VA educational benefits to take courses offered by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) or the National Veterans Business Development Corporation, better known as the "The Veterans Corporation."


Patriot Express Loans -

The Patriot Express loan is offered by SBA’s network of participating lenders nationwide. Loans are available up to $500,000. The Patriot Express loan can be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real-estate purchases. Eligible military community members include: veterans; service-disabled veterans; active-duty service members eligible for the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP); Reservists and National Guard members; current spouses of any of the above; and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability.

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University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400

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Lead Center (Main Office)
550 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93710
T: (559) 241-7414
F: (559) 241-7422
Toll-Free: (877) UCM-SBDC or (877) 826-7232
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