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News & Events


Due to the current COVID-19 concerns all in person events have been suspended until further notice. See Local Small Business Resources below.


Forward 15 Kick Off Celebration

Date: Tuesday November 10th 5PM- 6:30PM

Be a part of launching a vanguard for Veteran Small Business Leaders in our region! Join the virtual kickoff event via Webex!



Virtual Coffee House
Date: Mondays 8 AM CT
The Coffee House is open! Start your week with us Every Monday at 8 AM CT. Grab your favorite mug and join the conversation with VBRC President Darcella Craven and some of the country’s top business professionals. These weekly informal chats cover a variety of topics from Servant Leadership, Business Finance and much more.
Register at: bit.ly/vetbizcoffeehouse

Address, Assess, and Reduce Stress using the KHAOS Mindset: Keep Healing and Overcoming Struggles Date: November 2nd Conversation Leader: Candice Cox

Date: November 9th

Conversation Leader: John Mickleson

If you would like the opportunity to help lead a conversation contact Evyn Johnson at: johnson@vetbiz.com

Relaunch Your Veteran-Owned Business Strong in 2021
Date: November 4th 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM CST

Help Us celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week with this collaborative event across 5 time zones!
Click here for more information!           

Entrepreneur Book Club

Join our journey of professional development! Growth comes through learning and community. Our goal is to develop our unit of business professionals because we believe entrepreneurs will lead the vanguard of rebuilding our economy. ⁠

We will be continuing with The Uniqueness Myth and other misconceptions that derail business by Dale Furtwengler.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of our summer book.
For more information visit: bit.ly/vetbizbookclub


St. Louis Business Diversity Connect

Date: February 25,2021 8:15 AM- 2 PM & March 2nd 2020

Join us for a unique, one-day event on that will provide diverse business owners an opportunity to meet with 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. The event will feature vendors and national corporations invited by nationally recognized certification organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council through the Women’s Business Development Center.

And sign up for Matchmaker meeting on March 2nd for the chance to meet with some of the region’s most influential corporations.

Do you have a business proposal that you would like to pitch to the region’s top suppliers. Join the Pitch STL competition to win the opportunity to meet with top representatives form Beyer, Centene and Express Scripts/ Cigna.

More information: http://www.stlbdc.com


Local Small Business Resources

St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

Nebraska Resources


Additional Resources:

WBENC – Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19
There are hundreds of WBENC-Certified WBE’s with COVID-19 related supplies and services. For a limited time, WBENC is sharing a list of these WBEs to the public to help support procurement needs for the greater business community and to fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Missouri Women’s Business Center – Coffee + Conversation at 9:30am CST weekly on Tuesdays



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.

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

Confidential Legal Services!


CEO Roundtable Application

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans that gather monthly to discuss business issues.  Click here to apply for membership.

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!