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VetBiz Receives $60,000 Grant from Berges Family Foundation

VetBiz has been awarded a $60,000 Berges Family Foundation grant to support program and service expansion for veteran and military-affiliated entrepreneurs.

Funding will be used to impact the St. Louis region in the following ways:

  • Increase the number of veteran and military-affiliated-owned businesses.
  • Assist current veteran and military-affiliated businesses with expansion.
  • Create jobs through these new and expanded businesses.

Press Release Here

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Are you a high-growth small business owner ready to take things to the next level in 2023? Apply now for $25,000 through the Small Business Growth Fund, now accepting applications until January 6, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET. 

The Small Business Growth Fund, sponsored by Mastercard as part of the Year of Small Business movement, provides the capital entrepreneurs need to make their next big move. Each recipient will receive a $25,000 grant to accelerate their growth in 2023.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit business

  • Have less than $1M in 2021 gross annual revenue

  • Have a commitment to their customers and community

  • Have a clear plan for how the funds will help them achieve a significant growth milestone in 2023   

The deadline for this round is January 6, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET.

The Small Business Growth Fund provides the capital entrepreneurs need to make their next big move. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 grant, provided by Mastercard, to accelerate their growth and continue to help make 2022 the year of their small business.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit business
  • Have less than $1M in 2021 gross annual revenue
  • Have a commitment to their customers and community
  • Have a clear plan for use of funds

Pub Crawl

June 10th, 2023

We had such a great time at the UnGala in June! Save the Date and Join Us Next year for the Pub Crawl! 

Association of Women’s Business Centers Upskilling Grant


For small businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+, this grant program will reimburse employers up to $2,000-$2,500 per employee for training, provided the grantee meets the following criteria:

Grant Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicant is a small business with qualifying employee(s) 50+ years of age
  2. Applicant intends to train qualifying employee(s) to improve or add to their job skills
  3. Qualifying employee(s) currently earn $16/hour or less on average, and work at least 30 hours per week
  4. Training to be completed and reported by November 30, 2022
  5. Applicant must demonstrate evidence increasing wage at least $2/hour once training is completed ($2.50/hour min. increase to earn the maximum grant award)

News and Updates

VetBiz Selected for Thinksgiving 2022

VetBiz and Thinksgiving

We are excited to announce our participation in the 2022 Thinksgiving Day of Collaboration. This project will have a lasting impact on our center and our clients!

Disaster Relief Updates

If your home or business has been damaged or destroyed by a federally declared disaster, you may be eligible for an SBA disaster assistance loan. These long-term, low-interest rate loans are available to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/ underinsured disaster damaged property.  

Businesses, Homeowners & Renters Eligible for Disaster Assistance for July Flooding in Missouri

Businesses that sustained flood damage, please visit the Business Recovery Center or apply online at

COVID- 19 Business Resources

A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. More information Here

Are you interested in applying for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant? Watch the video below.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
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Determine if your business is located in a low-income community as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code:

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  • Long-term direct loan program from the SBA 
  •  Used to meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
  • Provides up to six months of working capital.
  • Loan Terms: 3.75% APR (fixed): businesses 2.75% APR (fixed); non-profits over 30 years 
  • Collateral rtequired for loans over $25,000


  • Loans made through nearly 5,500 lenders across the country
  • Designed to provide an incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll.
  • Loan Terms:  1% over 2 years or 5 years, depending on when the loan was approved
  • No collateral required 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)- Apply Here

Shuttered Venues Grant- Application Checklist 

Paycheck Protection Program- Find a Lender 


The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, and was part of H.R. 133 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Learn More 

Shuttered Veneus Grant: 

  • Eligible entities may be live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives, per the Economic Aid Act. Additionally, entities of these types owned by state or local governments (for example, museums or historic homes) are eligible to apply if the governmentally-owned entity also acts solely as a venue operator, museum, etc.

PPP (Round 2)

  • The business was operational before February 15, 2020 and is still operational
  • The business has fewer than 300 employees (per location) 
  • The business has seen a 25% or greater reduction in gross revenue


  • Businesses with 500 or fewer employees 
  • Cooperatives with 500 or fewer employees
  • Agricultural enterprises with 500 or fewer employees
  • Most private nonprofits •
  • Faith-based organizations 
  • Sole proprietorships and independent contractors

Are you a self-certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)? Have you considered becoming certified through the VA? Do you need to renew your SDVOSB certifications in 2022 or 2023? 

The SBA and VA continue to work together to transfer the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) function to the SBA by January 1, 2023. We encourage all veteran-owned businesses that are self-certified, considering certification, or have SDVOSB certification renewals coming up to complete the verification process through the VA before the transfer takes place. We expect a large influx of applications following the transfer in January 2023. To start this process visit:

Self-certified SDVOSBs that do not apply through the VA now will receive a one-year grace period following the transfer. Applicants during this period will maintain eligibility until SBA reviews the application. (Learn More Here

If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming transfer, please visit: This website contains resources to learn about veteran assistance programs, contracting opportunities, and what this transfer means for your business. We recommend visiting the site, bookmarking it, and checking back occasionally for more news. 

VetBiz stands prepared to assist you in your small business. We can connect to resources specifically for SDVOSB certifications and government contracting. To have a conversation with our expert consulting team, contact us today! 

ST. LOUIS (May 3, 2021) – VetBiz, formerly the Veterans Business Resource Center, is relocating to adjacent and larger offices in the Curlee Building, 611 N. 10th St. in St. Louis as part of its Forward 15 Celebration. 

The nonprofit organization will hold an in-person open house to showcase its new space on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting with St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones will be live-streamed for viewing on Facebook and the VetBiz website at 

Additional dignitaries attending the ceremony are Maureen Brinkley, Director of the St. Louis District of the Small Business Administration; and Veteran Business Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, William ‘Bill’ Elmore. 

VetBiz invites anyone interested in a tour of the newly renovated office space to schedule a time to visit on Monday, May 24. To schedule a tour, here

“Our move to larger offices will prepare us for our next 15 years of training service members and their families to open or grow their businesses. The expansion is part of our Forward 15 Celebration of our first 15 years in operation and will ensure that the VBRC continues to meet its mission of providing world-class entrepreneurship education and counsel,” Darcella Craven, president (and chief fear conqueror) of VetBiz, said.  

The Forward 15 Celebration is a fundraising and sustainability campaign that seeks to keep VetBiz’s business training services free and available to any current or former service member or family members. 

St. Louis (May 2021) – VetBiz, the nation’s first center assisting military Veteran entrepreneurs, was awarded a grant of $485,000 a year for two additional option years to continue administrative functions in support of the entrepreneurial training and counseling programs conducted by the Center. VetBiz, which will celebrate its 17th anniversary on June 7, has worked tirelessly to continue operating and serving veteran, military and military family business owners in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and southern Illinois. This funding is in the form of a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration, Office of Veterans Business Development. The Center has won this very competitive government award for the last 13 years. The Center provides individually tailored advice, training, seminars, and an annual summit for Veterans and military families who wish to start a company or scale a current venture.

 “We are grateful for the unwavering support in this region. From the advocacy for veterans of our congressional representatives to the collaborative partnerships with other entrepreneurship support agencies we are excited to continue our mission.” Said VetBiz President and Chief Fear Conqueror Darcella Craven. “Over 65 volunteers in the area have helped us to serve the men and women who have fought for this country when they return home.” 

“It has been an honor to participate in the entrepreneurship journey of veterans and their families.”, said VetBiz Board Vice Chair Brian Sexton. “As a small business owner, I understand their pain, their excitement and the commitment it takes. Having VetBiz available to them to help makes all the difference.”

VetBiz has supplied group entrepreneurship training, seminars, webinars and individual counseling to more than 40,000 Veterans, military and family members at no charge over the last thirteen years.  The Center implements the Boots to Business (B2B) on 7 military post in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illinois. Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.

The organization can now concentrate on raising funds from the community to expand the services and programmatic tools offered. “With our small staff, we enjoy an excellent reputation with veterans as business building experts and have wonderful relationships with area companies as a fiscally responsible nonprofit.” explains Josh Frank, VetBiz Chair.  “As mentioned, this core funding is specifically for administrative functions. It is imperative that we continue to receive local sponsorship and donations to maintain our outreach programs, offer seminars and travel to those veterans who are unable to get to us. We still need energized donors and volunteers to help us build on this foundation.”

The Center staff has worked hard to create and maintain solid relationships with other economic development organizations to connect clients to available resources. “We are thrilled that VetBiz has received this award as they are a true partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration in terms of counseling, training, and supporting veteran entrepreneurs.”, explains Maureen Brinkley, SBA St. Louis District Director.  “Darcella Craven, staff members, members of their Board and five of their clients have been recognized in prior years as SBA’s “Veteran Business Champion of the Year” or “Veteran Small Business of the Year” both locally and nationally. We look forward to future endeavors with this very dedicated group of individuals.” 

VetBiz was established in 2004 and assists all U.S. military Veterans, Guard or Reserve members and active-duty personnel transitioning to civilian life to start businesses or expand existing companies.  Its parent organization is The Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc. (VAF), an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit Missouri Corporation. Founded in 1996 and operated by a service-connected disabled veteran, the VAF provides funding, guidance, and personnel for the nation’s first dedicated Veterans Business Resource Center, as well as legislative support and advocacy on behalf of American Veterans.

The foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of 14 members, many Veterans, and all outstanding achievers in their respective fields. Core funding is supplemented by private industry donors including American Direct Marketing Resource, Veterans United Foundation, Regions Bank and other spirited donors. 

On VeteransDay we celebrated a new partnership. VetBiz has been awarded a $70,000 grant in general operating funds from Boeing. We are excited about this new partnership and have already started expanding our impact thanks to these funds.

Watch a recording of the event here 

VetBiz has been awarded a $60,000 Berges Family Foundation grant to support program and service expansion for veteran and military-affiliated entrepreneurs.

Funding will be used to impact the St. Louis region in the following ways: •Increase the number of veteran and military-affiliated owned businesses.

  • Assist current veteran and military-affiliated businesses with expansion.
  • Create jobs through these new and expanded businesses.

Press Release Here

Entrepreneurship Training

Classes and Trainings

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) national program is a novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources, and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with a passion for entrepreneurship. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.

2022 Cohort

Online -
May 9 - May 27, 2022
June 24 - July 1, 2022

Boots to Business Reboot

Reboot Boots to Business is a one-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership. 


April 26th , 2021
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

VetBiz Activate

Whether you have an idea for a small business or just recently began and need to establish your foundation, this program will move your forward. Through formal instruction by industry leaders, guest speakers, and individual coaching.

Virtual Cohort

August 4th- September 8th 2022

SLUStart I-Corps

The SLUStart I-Corps program, underwritten by the National Science Foundation, provides a free collaborative environment for you and your team to push and test your ideas using “problem seeking”.  You will end up with an actionable business model. By participating in SLUStart I-Corps you can get help pursuing your innovation or new venture concept and possibly qualify for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive financial support in the national NSF program and $2,000 locally.

Class Dates

August 13th

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, April 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm If your business is at least 51% owned, controlled and managed by women, minority, veteran, & LGBTQ owners you need to consider a Diverse Business Certification to help your business grow!

Register Today:

Partner Events

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Dec 14: The New Must Have Marketing Strategy for 2022

Dec 16: Google My Business for Home-Based Business Owners – Get Found Without Using Your Home Address

Dec 28: Critical Questions & Information Needed to Do Proper Business Planning

            Note: All webinars are recorded –

    Note: All webinars are recorded


NEF: 1 Day Quickbook Training with Benefits 8:30-4:30om

Date/ Time: December 11, 2020 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Omaha, NE

NEF is hosting QuickBooks Training for potential clients that did not receive a PPP or SBA EIDL. This program will be customized to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs & start-ups. The content will include 1 day of training on business set up and system functions, including customer, employee, vendor, writing checks & paying bills, invoicing & receiving payments, payroll & more! A laptop w software will be provided for participants to utilize during the class. Includes lunch $15 (includes lunch). 

Register Here

NEF: 1 Day Quickbook Training with Benefits

Date/ Time: December 12, 2020 9:00 AM -4:30 PM- Omaha, NE

This is a 1-day quickbooks training where you’ll learn basic quickbooks, get one-on-one training setting up your business on quickbooks, clients or customers, products and/or services. A laptop with the software loaded will be provided for your use during the workshop. Register Here

Take 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!

Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays, due to the high demand for our services, VetBiz is currently at capacity for 'New Client Consultation'. 

Prospective 'New Clients' are welcome to submit applications now and can schedule a formal consultation after January 9, 2023.


In the meantime please check out: Resources or Frequently Asked Questions 

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