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St. Louis Business Diversity Connect 2019 August 29th

(June 11, 2019) St Louis – Save the Date for a unique one-day event on August 29th that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet and pitch their business to procurement representatives and supplier diversity managers from government entities and corporations. Minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest are welcome.

Not a small business, but looking to participate as a procurement representative? Attend the St. Louis Business Diversity Connect to build relationships with diverse businesses, including minority, women, veteran and other underrepresented business owners from St. Louis and across the Midwest to expand your supplier networks and explore emerging consumer markets.

Thursday, August 29

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel | 800 Washington Ave

More information to follow.

Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference

Nov 6th-9th 2019 Arlington TX

(June 11, 2019) Your battlefield may have been in a distant or foreign land. Starting and growing a business may feel just as distant and foreign. But, you can live the American dream of business ownership.

The Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference provides collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning and networking opportunities to increase awareness of and facilitate access to entrepreneurial development resources that inspire action and adds economic value through the military connected community.

The conference includes:

  •  Mentorship Opportunities
  •  Exposure to Big Brands and Business Experts
  •  Procurement Fair & Franchise Expo
  •  Pitch Competition

Limited Early Bird registration thru June 30 for $189. Regular registration will be $289.

Go to for more information.

Grant from Microsoft/MOAA/U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heros for small businesses

* (June 7, 2019) Small businesses who are looking to retain active duty military spouses on staff, but do not currently have the resources or expertise to implement a remote work program or policy may be interested in this pilot program designed help military spouses maintain their employment during and after a permanent change of duty station (PCS). This unique opportunity will provide the spouse and their small business employer with the tools necessary to successfully work from a remote location (CONUS only), allowing the small business to retain the spouse on staff. Participants will receive hardware, software, contract templates and technical training tutorials to support a remote work arrangement.

Food Processing Center offers seminar for food business entrepreneurs

(June 4, 2019) Lincoln, Neb. – The National Food Entrepreneur Program offered through The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Processing Center can help food business entrepreneurs with the development of small food manufacturing businesses.
The program, which started in 1989, consists of two phases. The first phase is the “Recipe to Reality” one-day seminar and informs attendees of issues to be considered when starting a food business.
Following the seminar, participants may choose to enter the “Product to Profit” phase of the program. During this phase entrepreneurs receive individualized and confidential assistance from food scientists and business consultants with the development of their own business venture.

To register for an upcoming seminar or to receive National Food Entrepreneur Program information, contact Gifford at Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, P.O. Box 886206, Lincoln, NE, 68588-6206; call 402-472-2819; e-mail,; or visit

STL Magazine features The Face of Veteran-Owned Business with VBRC

(June 1, 2019) St Louis, MO When military men and women leave the armed services, finding a job is difficult. So, they decide to start their own business. They have the celebrated discipline, work ethic, and ambition that military training instills. What they lack is basic business knowledge, such as getting funding and how to market their company. The Veterans Business Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their immediate families start a business or expand an existing company.
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ST. LOUIS (May 30, 2019) – The Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) has appointed Frank Burns to its board of directors, overseeing the nonprofit’s counseling and training of former military men and women on entrepreneurship.

Burns is assistant director of New Markets and historic tax credits for U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a division of U.S. Bank.

“Frank is an excellent addition to the VBRC’s board. His expertise in finance along with his military service gives him unique insight into the challenges our clients face,” Darcella Craven, president (and chief fear conqueror) of the VBRC, said.

Burns served four years in the U.S. Army as a captain, combat engineering, stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Mosul, Iraq.

“The VBRC’s mission of fostering entrepreneurship for former military men and women connects nicely with the economic development work I do now and with my personal commitment to help our transitioning military and their families,” Burns said.

To learn more, visit or call 314-531-VETS (8387).



ST. LOUIS (May 1, 2019) – Darcella Craven, president of the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC), testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship at 2:30 pm EDT on May 1.

Craven, a U.S. Army veteran, will speak about the need for a national Veterans Business Outreach Center. The Senate hearing is set to examine the role of entrepreneurial development programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, including the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and VBOC. The VBRC operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center for a four-state area: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. She spoke with the committee on the current disposition of the resource partners, collaboration and offered her suggestions on improvements.

See her discussion with the committee below.

Video Link

2018 Small Business Champions Congratulations

Iowa Small Business – Hooah! Veterans Smallbiz Champ Mike Olson Army

St. Louis Small Business – Hooah! Entrepreneur of the Year Tim Smith Army

Upcoming VBRC Events

Boots 2 Business Reboot:    Register here Choose your state and choose your desired location. Start times are 0800 unless otherwise indicated. Other areas of the country are listed as well.

WebinarsClick here to view our list of upcoming webinars that can help propel your small business to success.

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Below is a list of events in the local and regional area we serve.   Please bookmark this page as it is update regularly.   Additionally, visit the links below of other calendars in the area for events that will assist in your networking and education efforts.

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

 Nebraska Events

Request a Speaker

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans and professionals who represent the organization at civic, professional, educational and other public venues.  Each year, VBRC speakers provide hundreds of presentations to thousands of people. Click here to request a speaker.

The VBRC Speakers Bureau is a service we provide to other military oriented organizations and the general public as a part of our public communication and outreach programs.  Our audiences include Veterans groups, Yellow Ribbon programs, National Guard pre- and post-deployments, small business groups, professional and technical organizations and community groups.

Exciting topics and dynamic presentations will inspire and educate your group.  Topics include:

  • Small Business Start Up Tricks and Tips
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Military Family Deployment and Its Impact
  • How VBRC Improves Our Communities
  • Mission and Program Briefings
  • Translating Military Skills Into Small Business Success
  • And more

We will work with you to identify the topic and speaker that will best meet your needs and the needs of your audience.

This service is FREE to military oriented organizations and community causes.  A donation to the VBRC which is a recognized 501c3 Nonprofit in good standing is always welcome and helps us keep our services FREE to all of our clients.

Click here to request a speaker or to arrange an interview with Darcella K. Craven, Executive Director.

Darcella Craven Brief Bio

Next Steps…

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

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!