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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.
  • Fargo ND SBA: 657 2nd Avenue North Room 360 Fargo ND. Phone:701-239-5131
  • Bismarck ND SBA: 1200 Memorial Highway Bismarck ND. Phone: 701-328-5850
  • Grand Forks ND SBA: 102 North 4th Street, Suite 104 Grand Forks ND. Phone: 701-746-5160

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.

Veteran Business Ideas

  • Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
    VBOC of the Dakotas is a one-stop-shop for service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. VBOCs provide training workshops, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, advising and mentoring, and resource referrals. 
  • In addition to protecting our freedom at home and abroad, U.S. veterans are returning home and strengthening our economy. In fact 10% of all small businesses in the United States are launched and run by veterans. This translates to over 6 million created jobs and over $1 trillion in annual domestic revenue. Additionally, veteran-owned businesses have a higher success rate than other startups, which is a reflection of training, discipline, and diverse skill sets. With that, we have put together a number of business resources for veterans to help them with their continued success back home.

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.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
    The ND SBDC helps North Dakotans start, manage, and grow their businesses. Our professional business advisors have years of experience and know what it takes to start a business in North Dakota and operate it successfully. Centers are available throughout the state to provide one-to-one counseling and training to North Dakota businesses.

Government Contracts

  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
    ND PTAC professionals advise businesses to obtain, manage, and comply with contract requirements for the Department of Defenses (DoD), other federal agencies, state & local governments, and businesses that are government prime contractors. In addition, we emphasize the importance of understanding the requirements applicable to the contracting opportunities, and educate businesses on all levels of government contracting.
  • 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.
  • Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot
    • The “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course is the foundational piece of Boots to Business (B2B). Participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. This two-day in-person program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. Boots to Business is open to transitioning Service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. Contact your local VBOC office or transition office in your military installation to register. Boots to Business Reboot brings this course off the installation, extending access to veterans of all eras, National Guard and Reserve, and military spouses. Contact your local VBOC office or nearest SBA District office to register.​
  • 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 Entreprenuership Nearly one in four active duty service members and veterans want to open and operate their own business. Opportunity, freedom, and challenge attract them to business ownership. Are you one of them?

    The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is made up of multiple components. If the idea of becoming an entrepreneur interests you, we offer a free, online course that allows you to work at your own pace and learn more about being an entrepreneur. We have partnered with six Network Partner Organizations throughout the state. Each Network Partner hosts monthly networking events for Veterans to learn more about the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program and get connected with local entrepreneurs and resources. Do need help with a specific business topic like how use QuickBooks or run a social media marketing campaign? Our Network Partners will also be hosting frequent short workshops on specific business topics. Do you already have a business idea but need help with the details? Apply for the Veterans Florida Advanced Entrepreneurship Program and receive 9 weeks of face to face instruction.

    Do you already own your own business? If so, we can help you get certified for free with the Florida Office of Supplier Diversity and find funding for your Veteran Owned Business through partnerships with our investors StreetShares and The Bricks.

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.

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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).