Online Resources

Information for Members of the National Guard and Reservists, and Employers

Small business ownership comes with many challenges especially for members of the National Guard and Reserve components of the United States Armed Services who often have to balance their civilian careers with their commitment to serve the nation.

Special Assistance

If you are in business but you're a member of the National Guard or a reservist, special assistance is available to help you plan ahead in case you're called to duty, and to re-enter business and recover losses if necessary.

The Veterans Corporation -

The National Veterans Business Development Corporation, doing business as The Veterans Corporation, is a Federally-chartered 501(c)(3) organization that was created by Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999. This Act recognized that America “has done too little to assist Veterans…in playing a greater role in the economy of the United States". The Corporation is charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for Veterans, including Service-Disabled Veterans. The Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and provides governance over TVC. The President and CEO, Mr. Walter Blackwell, oversees the organization’s programs and day-to-day activities.

Franchising Opportunities

VetFran -

The Veterans Affairs Department negotiated discounted rates for veterans to buy franchises. Find information on the VetFran program and see the list of participating companies.

Other Resources

Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Network -

"The Elite DVBE Network is an organization comprised of certified Disabled Veteran`s Business Enterprises (DVBE`s) whose headquarters is located in San Diego, CA. The Elite DVBE Network is incorporated as a 501(c) 19 organization. Mission of The Elite DVBE Network: The purpose of the (DVBE) Network is to provide a forum where members meet to discuss the benefits of membership."

Other Links

    Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    The Center for Veterans Enterprise
    National Veteran-Owned Business Association
    U.S. Association of Veterans in Business
U.S. Department of Labor: Veterans Employment & Training Services
National Assocation of Veterans Affairs
    Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
    Veterans Business Network

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