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There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, making up a whopping 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration. When you consider some of the most popular reasons to start a business, including having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself — it's no wonder that small businesses are everywhere.

MAKING THE MOVE TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Business1There's a lot to consider and plan before you launch a business.

It's important to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. 

If you think you're ready to start your first business, our V2B Program is a step-by-step overview of what you need to do to make it happen.

  • Build a business plan
  • Assess your finances
  • Determine your legal business structure
  • Register with the government and IRS
  • Build your team
  • Brand yourself and advertise

POSITIONING YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS FOR SUCCESS

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Many veterans channel the skills and leadership ability they develop in the military into starting a business. There are a wealth of resources available to veteran entrepreneurs. Our Lender Readiness Program will help you build the right foundation to generate funding for your business as well as position you for growth.

Starting a business requires a lot of time, effort and hard work, but the rewards of entrepreneurship are well worth the obstacles you'll face on the road to success.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Home – You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program - The Small Business Administration’s Veteran Advantage Loan Program, housed under the Express Loan program, expedites applications for government-backed loans of up to $350,000. You are guaranteed a response to your application within 36 hours. Typically you’ll need a credit score above 680 to qualify for an SBA loan. Check your score here for free.

VetFran – Resources For Franchising Opportunities - VetFran provides a host of resources with the mission of helping veterans and their spouses get access to franchising opportunities. VetFran’s website helps veterans determine whether or not a franchising opportunity is right for them, and which types of franchises might be a good fit. You can become a member of their network of over 650 franchise brands and other partners. These network companies provide financial discounts, mentorships, and training to veterans who own a franchise or are looking to operate a franchise. Learn more about whether franchising is right for you.

Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) V-Wise is an SBA-sponsored training program for women veterans. The 3-day conference provides advice on starting a business as well as growing an existing business. It’s a great networking opportunity as it attracts other business owners or business owners-to-be from around the country. Hotel accommodation, all meals except one, and books/program materials are entirely covered. You are responsible for travel to and from the conference.

SCORE Veteran Fast Launch Initiative – Free Software and Templates The SCORE Foundation has a network of over 13,000 mentors, trainers, and partners. Through this network, as part of their Veteran Fast Launch Initiative, SCORE provides numerous resources. This includes free business workshops; one-on-one mentoring; free business calculators, templates, and spreadsheets; and 5 free hours of financial advice from a Certified Public Accountant. There are 320 chapters, so you can go into a local SCORE office today for more info.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Get Registered as a Veteran Owned Business at the VA’s OSDBU (also known as VetBiz) - If you are not currently registered as a veteran owned business then you should do this first. The OSDBU’s (Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization) verification process allows veteran business owners to be listed in the VetBiz directory. Once listed they can qualify for certain government contract processes that are reserved only for veteran owned businesses. This certification can also be important for qualifying for certain types of veteran financing programs. The OSDBU also has an entrepreneurial portal with information on doing business with the VA and other government agencies. This portal provides step by step guides for all the OSDBU’s verification processes.

BusinessUSA Resources for Veterans - BusinessUSA is a government website that has a large number of tools, trainings, and listed resources that can help veterans start and improve their businesses. They pool information and resources from a number of different agencies but make it easy to navigate with a short quiz that will identify specific government resources most applicable to you and your business.

 

Although a new company, the vision of IWVA.org is truly impressive. The gap between homelessness and main stream America is finally defined and a solution brought forth. Look out America, IWVA.org, is pulling up the rear and making the necessary moves to get homeless women veterans back in the workforce and standing independent.

Why IWVA.org?

Leveling the Playing Field for Women Veterans

It's about leveraging the resources we currently have to walk veterans into jobs. We are committed to using the connections we have and building on them to ensure women veterans are the first line of selection.

Training Women Veterans in basic job search skills

Providing basic job search techniques, resume and cover letter assistance, career coaching, recruiter selection, interviewing skills, and negotiating workshops to build confindence in women veterans that are actively seeking employment in the open market.

Supplying Homeless Women Veterans with essential daily necessities for introduction back into the workforce

Providing daily essentials CarePacs to homeless women veterans as we encourage and engage them.

Providing Mentoring and Support to boost Self Esteem

One of the most impactful ways mentors can influence mentees is by modeling positive behaviors that help them learn to respect themselves and others.

About Us

A non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of Female Veterans, who have honorably severed our country and are now in need.

Our programs are built in stages allowing familiarity of the services, while building credibility with partnering vendors.

Contact Us

Find us in

Marietta, GA 30066

Or you can call us

Phone: 678.300.2957