The Veteran Hardscape Revolution

Veteran Entrepreneurship: Leveraging The Services Of The SBA

Posted by Roderick Molleur on Thu, Apr, 11, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

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So you’ve decided that working for yourself will give you the greatest control of your future.  If you’ve attended StoneMakers Academy, you’ve positioned yourself in a lucrative and growing niche market.  Consumer demand for outdoor living areas continues to grow, and the StoneMakers system for hardscape construction addresses customer needs of customization and affordability.  If this is your first endeavor, what steps do you need to take to create a viable business for years to come?  How do you meet the challenges, as well as reap the rewards, of owning your own business?

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As a veteran entrepreneur, you’ve got resources available to you, free of charge, from the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA provides free Internet and individual face-to-face counseling for small businesses as well as low-cost training to first-time entrepreneurs.  "We can help accelerate the learning curve that comes with owning a business," says William Elmore, Associate Administrator of the Office of Veterans Business Development. "We have business development assistance in three primary areas: technical assistance, business financing and government contracting programs."

When starting a new business, there are a few key areas you’ll need to plan for.  These include:

·         Creating a business plan

·         Marketing

·         Financing

·         Administrative

·         Legal

·         Hiring employees

The SBA has Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) that offer assistance in outreach, assessment, long and short-term business training, counseling, directed referring, and online assistance to veterans, service disabled veterans, and Reserve business owners and entrepreneurs. Details on individual outreach centers are below.


REGION I  (Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire):

Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Lawrence, Massachusetts 


REGION II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands):

State University of New York SUNY at Farmingdale

Albany, New York

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey


REGION III (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia):

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


REGION IV (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina):

University of West Florida, Pensacola

Pensacola, Florida

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina


REGION V (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana):

VetBiz Central

Flint, Michigan


REGION VI (Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma):

University of Texas - Pan American

Edinburg, Texas

New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Southwest Louisiana Business Development Center

Jennings, Louisiana


REGION VII (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska):

Veterans Advocacy Foundation

Saint Louis, Missouri


REGION VIII (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado):

Chippewa Cree Tribe

Box Elder, Montana


REGION IX (California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada):

Vietnam Veterans of California

Sacramento, California

University of Guam

Mangilao, Guam


You've earned the right to all the resources to be a success in your own business endeavor.  Take the opportunity learn to build the buisness you desire.


Topics: SBA, veteran entrepreneurship, stonemakers academy