What is the VBOC?

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, Veterans, National Guard, and Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). The South Florida’s Office is now the 23rd office located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. According to the most current Survey of Business Owners and the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 2.5 million businesses are majority-owned by Veterans, and nearly all Veteran-owned businesses are small businesses. Many Veteran business owners have gained important skills and leadership abilities from their active duty, Reserve, and National Guard service that are often directly relevant to business ownership. The SBA will promote and support Veteran small business ownership by administering programs, formulating policy, and administering grants to VBOCs and other partners. The SBA will ensure resources are accessible and available to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members, Veterans, and military spouses.

How The Battle Buddy System will work for you as a Cooperative Agreement?

In addition, SBA partners collaboratively (via cooperative agreement) with select educational institutions to deliver additional entrepreneurial training to service members, Veterans, and spouses. At the local level, the VBOC program is administered in collaboration SBA District Offices, SBA Resource Partners (RPS), such as: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE and Women’s Business Centers (WBCs).

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