Celebrating Over 15 Years Serving Veterans and Military Families in Business
Save The Date
For the safety and in consideration of our supporters we have decided to make our 2021 Forward 15 Gala virtual. Good News you don’t have to wear pants. Grab your fanciest top and join us in celebrating over 15 years.
Find out how you can get involved today!
Forward 15 Celebration BINGO Card
Forward 15 Exclusive Cocktail Recipe Card
The St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) is dedicated to helping the men and women who have served our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. We help them achieve the American dream of transitioning from military to corporate business through training, counseling, and mentorship. The Saint Louis VBRC is a Project of the Veterans Advocacy Foundation; a St. Louis based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As a non-profit, we rely on local organizations to help us achieve our goals. The funds from this event will support our continued outreach to the Veteran small business community.
Our goal is to raise $150,000 over 3 years to increase our impact on the community.
Veterans are the vanguard of small business. We are building businesses and strengthening the community utilizing the values instilled by the military.
Frank Totten-F2 Garage Solution
Frank Totten owner of F2 Garage Solution and Air force veteran shares his experience working with the Center.
Chris Daming- Legal GPS
Army veteran Chris Daming began working with the Center in August of 2017 wanting advise on his small business plan and
recommendations for improving his pitch. Chris had applied for some pitch competitions and grants and wanted our consultants to review and revise with him. After speaking with the Senior Business Consultant, he forwarded his plan and pitch for feedback. Damon spent the next several months with Chris discussing his pricing structure, messaging and long term strategy.
After working with the Center for about 8 months, Chris and Lauren launched Legal GPS, a proactive all-in-one legal
technology app for entrepreneurs. They recently hired on another successful small business attorney to be their Chief Content Officer and are growing steadily. Chris now attends the Veterans CEO Roundtable monthly to keep connected to other CEOs and keep his business moving.
Call For Nominations
The Forward 15 Awards honor service members and those that support them. Do you know a veteran small business doing great things in the community?
Outstanding support of the Veterans Business Resource Center and the clients.
An exemplary volunteer for the Center that has gone above and beyond to assist veteran and/or military spouse businesses.
Any person or company who is taking a lead role in helping the veteran/military spouse community in any capacity.
An established veteran or military spouse business open for 5 years or more.
New/ Start-up veteran or military spouse owned business open less than 5 years
Submit a nomination form below!
Call For Committee Members
By joining our Forward 15 Committee, you will be helping us establish a strategic plan, a recognition program, and the funds to advance our mission for the next 15 years. Use the ‘Submit Committee Form’ to apply.
Duties: acquire and organize sponsorships that will underwrite the Campaign Kick Off and Awards Dinner.
Duties: create the nomination process and oversee the selection of Awardees
Duties: decide on food selection, bar offering, and venue selection.
Duties: marketing and promoting the Forward 15 Campaign.
Duties: coordinate the live and silent auctions. Including but not limited to: soliciting donations, following up with calls and emails, and tracking item donation commitments.
Duties: determine entertainment and decor of the event including collateral.
Duties: work on security at the event, as needed, and address any health concerns applicable.
Duties: encourage overall ticket sales through follow ups on RSVPs as needed, reaching out to alumni/friends, and other sales methods.
Duties: assist in the recruitment and coordination of day-of event volunteers.
Submit a committee request form below!
Your contributions will help us continue to create opportunities for veterans and military families in business.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
Are you ready for the next steps?
Do you have a business idea? Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?
The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there. Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B. Your unit has not left you!