The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA's) Office of Advocacy found that about 9% of U.S. businesses are veteran-owned. One in four veterans become business owners, compared with 1 in 11 in the general population. Military service may prepare you for business success. Whether you're just out of the service or have been out for some time, the federal government offers a number of programs to help you start your own business. Many programs also help veterans expand existing businesses.
- The National Veteran-Owned Business Association is a trade association creating opportunities for America's 3 million veteran-owned businesses. Here you can find a list of veteran-friendly franchises and subscribe to Vetrepreneur Magazine.
- The National Veterans Small Business Conference is being held this year August 6–8 in St. Louis, Missouri.
- The SBA's Operation Boots to Business program is geared toward transitioning service members. It teaches them the basics of small business ownership and helps them find other SBA tools to help them get started as entrepreneurs.
- VetBiz, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a gateway to services and programs for business owners who are veterans.
- VeteransCorp is a volunteer organization that facilitates collaborations between nonprofit and for-profit small business entities and veteran-owned small businesses.