Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Business

US Small Business Administration announces Veterans Business Outreach Center funding opportunity

Private organizations, colleges and universities, private sector firms, nonprofit organizations, and state, local or tribal governmental agencies are eligible to apply for funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide training and counseling to aspiring and existing veteran small business owners as a Veterans Business Outreach Center.

The grant awardees will be providing training to service members and military spouses through the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training program, which is part of the Transition Assistance Program.

Those organizations selected to receive the funding will provide training, mentoring and SBA resource navigation to veterans, active-duty service members, reserves, National Guard and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.

Each award is made for a base project period of 12 months, with four 12-month option periods.

“SBA’s VBOCs are the boots on the ground when it comes to serving existing and prospective veteran entrepreneurs,” said Barb Carson, associate administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. “Every entrepreneurship journey is different, and each VBOC brings something unique to the table. We’re excited to see this diversity represented in the upcoming applicant pool.”

SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development will host a conference call at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 to provide details on how to apply for the grant and to answer any questions about the funding program. Dial in to 888-858-2144, and use the access code 5817583#. Instructions on joining the call will also be posted on www.sba.gov/ovbd and on grants.gov.

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov no later than 4 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 8.

Direct any questions about the VBOC funding opportunity to Janet Moorman via email at Janet.Moorman @sba.gov.

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