ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESOURCES FOR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS
U.S Small Business Administration
Office of Veterans Business Development
For the month of October, we’re focusing on service-disabled veterans who are current or aspiring business owners. The resilience of service-disabled veterans translates well into business ownership, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) as an integral part of the veteran business community.
To prepare for business ownership, service-disabled veterans can take advantage of the SBA’s free entrepreneurial training through the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Program (SDVETP), which is comprised of four separate tracks:
1. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) combines entrepreneurial education with hands-on experience to guide you through the process of small business ownership by providing training, professional networking opportunities, and support to successfully launch your business.
2. Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) is an experiential learning program offered by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. This program provides you with focused and practical training on business creation and growth, while offering continued support for you once you graduate.
3. Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program is an entrepreneurial training program hosted by St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Like VEP, this program is executed in three phases, and provides you with focused and practical training in business creation and growth while providing ongoing support to you once you graduate.
4. Dog Tag Inc. is an immersive educational program comprised of an educational component at Georgetown University, and an experiential component at Dog Tag Bakery, where you will experience small business ownership firsthand. Learn more about Dog Tag’s Fellowship program here.
SDVOSBs also have an advantage in the federal marketplace. When it comes to government contracting, did you know that the federal government strives to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars to SDVOSBs each year? Taking your business or products to the federal marketplace can be a great source of revenue for your business.
In addition to SDVETP, the SBA has other resources to help you on your journey to business ownership, from government contracting preparation through the Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP) to general business advice and counseling through one of 22 nationwide Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs). As your entrepreneurial one-stop shop, VBOCs empower you to start, purchase or grow your own business.
To learn more about the resources available for service-disabled veterans, visit sba.gov/veterans.
Veteran Success Story
Pete Scott, US Army veteran, Dog Tag Alum
Fields 4 Valor, Founder and CEO
Army veteran and WWP alum Peter Scott was medically-retired from the US Army after receiving a 100% unemployable VA rating. Pete served three tours as part of Special Forces and returned with severe PTSD, TBI, and a host of additional wounds, both visible and invisible. Following his retirement Pete spent a good deal of time focusing on his health, both through in-patient programs and simply taking time off. During this team, Peter found tremendous comfort and satisfaction in farming.
Peter Scott joined DTI’s fellowship program in January 2016 in hopes of finding a way to take his passion for farming and use it to help other veterans in need. Peter launched Fields 4 Valor Farms, a 501c3 dedicated to providing produce to veteran families in need, while enrolled in our program. Peter has produced and donated 1000s of pounds of produce to military families at Walter Reed Hospital through a partnership with Operation Homefront. Peter recently acquired a second farm in Maryland, and hopes to secure more land so he can increase production and serve even more military families. He demonstrates the power of the Dog Tag Fellowship program’s “ripple effect”––an alumni who has found fulfillment in the civilian world, and is now supporting many others.