National Veterans Small Business Week for 2017 is October 30th – November 3rd. This week honors the service of U.S. veteran business owners — and business owners who are the spouses of veterans – and recognizes the contributions that their businesses make to our economy. To help celebrate, empower and connect veterans/spouse business owners, SBA, SCORE, Kansas SBDC and the Veterans Business Resource center have two events coming up in the Ft. Riley ( Junction City – Manhattan) area.
• October 30th, 2 – 4 p.m. Resource Fair & Panel Discussion with Local Veteran Business Owners – Speakers will present information about how they help veterans and/or their spouses start or grow their businesses. A panel discussion will follow, featuring veteran business owners who will share their stories about starting and growing their ventures. This event will take place at the Junction City Library in the Community Meeting Room, 230 7th St. in Junction City, Kansas. To register call the SBA Wichita District Office (316) 269-6616 or email Wichita_Do@sba.gov
• November 3rd, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Veterans Business Forum on Entrepreneurship – Presenters will conduct four workshop modules on business planning, financing, and the resources available to help entrepreneurs succeed. This event will take place at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, 501 Poyntz Avenue. To register call the SBA Wichita District Office (316) 269-6616 or email Wichita_Do@sba.gov
National and Local Resources
VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization – You can register for verification as a veteran-owned business here, plus this website has information about training events and networking opportunities for government contracting.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) – You can get assistance in registering for government contracting here and also training on government contracting. PTAC has offices at Wichita State University and in Topeka.
Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) – Also called Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), this center conducts training for transitioning military and veteran business owners, helps connect veterans with resources and counseling. KC Office (877) 825-4190
Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) – This office promotes veteran entrepreneurship through use of SBA programs. This website has information about SBA training programs, SBA loan programs, and government contracting.
SBA Veterans Advantage – Information about loan programs to assist veterans access capital for their businesses.
Boots to Business This is a 2-day intensive introduction to entrepreneurship for transitioning military and/or their spouses. It is part of the Transition Assistance Program. In Kansas, it is offered Ft. Riley, Ft. Leavenworth and McConnell Air Force Base. Presenters from the SBA, SCORE, KSBDC, and VBRC teach the modules at these Kansas installations.
America’s SBDC – Use this link to find your local SBDC (small business development center) for workshops and one-on-one business advising anywhere in the country.
America’s SBDC Kansas: Washburn University KSBDC (the MACC Outreach Center is closest to Ft. Riley), University of Kansas KSBDC (closest to Ft. Leavenworth), Wichita State University KSBDC (closest to McConnell Air Force Base), plus Fort Hays State University KSBDC, Pittsburg State University KSBDC, Emporia State University KSDBC, Johnson County Community College KSBDC and Seward County Community College KSBDC. Centers offer one-on-one business advising, speciality consulting, workshops, training events and conferences for small businesses.
At the WU KSBDC, we are looking forward to National Veteran Small Business Week. We appreciate the service of our veterans and consider it a privilege to be able to work with veterans and their families as they pursue their goals of business ownership and entrepreneurship.
Laurie Pieper, Ph.D.
Washburn University KSBDC
America’s SBDC Kansas