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Entrepreneurship

Benefit Category: Federal

Veteran owned businesses or Veterans interested in starting a business can find assistance in their business development, financing and in applying for government contracts.

North Dakota Small Business Administration

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Business Financing

  • The Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development's mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.

Business Development

  • The mission of the Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.

Government Contracts

  • Impact Procurement Technical Assistance Center:  Impact PTAC is designed to help businesses focus on the most appropriate sectors of the government market and to facilitate successful relationships between businesses and government agencies.
  • The VA OSDBU (Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization ) mission is to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses
  • Vets First Verification Program. VA has developed a Verification Assistance Program to help Veterans understand the Verification policy and process.  The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of denial due to lack of understanding and misinterpretation of the regulation.  To accomplish this objective, we are establishing partnerships with Veteran Services and small business support organizations that can provide assistance to Veterans considering applying for the Vet First program.

Entrepreneurship Training

  • Entrepreneurship training allows eligible service members and veterans to use VA education benefits to take courses offered by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) or The National Veterans Business Development Corporation, better known as “The Veterans Corporation.” Individual courses must be specifically approved for VA purposes to use your benefits.
  • Veterans Entrepreneurship Program-in Grand Forks North Dakota UND: The North Dakota Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping them find appropriate programs and services.
    Comparable to a military boot camp, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of UND School of Entrepreneurship’s comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum, the program consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in creating and growing businesses that can be profitable. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will  provide a fun, interactive, and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to a current or potential business. The VEP program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program. There is no charge for transportation to Grand Forks, the online and live courses, instruction, books, materials, food, and outings.
    • VEP serves veterans who meet the following three requirements:
      • Have separated from active duty service (or are in the process of separating) with an honorable discharge
      • Are identified as disabled by the Veteran’s Administration or DOD based on a service-connected disability (or) are service distinguished based on exemplary military conduct
      • Demonstrate an intense motivation to start or grow a business
    • Contact: Email: ndvep@innovators.net 
      Phone: 701-777-6623
      Fax: 701-777-2339
    • Website: www.ndvep.com
  • Riata Center for Entrepreneurship: The Veterans With Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities. This VEP program is also offered at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga.
  • University of Florida Entrprenuership Program FREE University of Florida is offering a very special program to disabled veterans, particularly those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As you know, more and more veterans are returning from the battlefield disabled — our program helps these men and women attain the dream of becoming entrepreneurs. The Veterans with Disability Entrepreneurship Program, or VEP for short, is now accepting applications.VEP offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship from world class faculty and an amazing cadre ofsuccessful entrepreneurs. The program is rigorous and engaging. Following an online pre-course, delegates come to the University of Florida campus in Gainesville for an intense eight day program, and then we follow up with them and their ventures over eight months. We are inviting all disabled veterans, but especially those soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled or distinguished during their service as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The VEP program is offered entirely free to those veterans who are accepted. We cover the cost of travel to Gainesville, accommodation,the online and live courses, instructors, books, materials, all meals, and outings during the program. We are hoping to reach as many veterans as possible, and to encourage them to apply. We will accept forty delegates for the program. Enclosed are copies of the brochure describing VEP. For more information, please visit our website at www.warrington.ufl.edu/VEP

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

  • The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by 1) developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by 2) helping you leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

  • OSDBU seeks to enable SDVOSB, VOSB, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone Businesses, and Woman-Owned Small Businesses to add value to the work of VA.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).