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Start your week with us every Monday at 8 AM CT. Join some of the country’s top business professionals for informal chats covering Servant Leadership, Business Finance and much more.

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.

Be a part of launching a vanguard for Veteran Small Business Leaders in our region! Join Us in celebrating over 15 years helping veterans! 

Upcoming Events

Vetbiz Book Club: The Uniqueness Myth


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.

The First Five people to sign up will receive a free copy of The Uniqueness Myth. 

Join this journey of professional development. The Uniqueness Myth covers 10 aspects of business operation:

  1. Strategy
  2. Marketing
  3. Selling
  4. Customer service
  5. Pricing
  6. Production
  7. Organizational structure
  8. Work environment
  9. Finance
  10. Administration 

“I wish you tremendous success in your business!” – Dale Furtwengler

Watch the Coffee House Featuring Dale Here

Take Point Scholarship

January 4, 2020

Deadline to Apply

FOCUS and Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) are partnering to create Take Point.  The Take point program is a professional development course for emerging women in leadership. This program has a special scholarship for Veterans covering 70% of the tuition costs. Applications open for the upcoming Spring class.

For more information about the Take Point Scholarship email Mitch Fitzpatrick at

Coro Women In Leadership

The Coro™ Women In Leadership (WIL) program is a three-month, part-time training program that provides women the opportunity to refine their personal, professional and civic leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis community, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds.

St. Louis Business Diversity Connect

February 25, 2021 & March 2nd 2020

8:15 AM- 2 PM (CST)

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.
  • 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.

Veterans In Business Virtual Webinar

December 10, 2020

Deadline to Apply

The Military Women Startup Accelerator invites military women-run startups and small businesses to apply for a workshop series that culminates in a pitch competition at the Military Influencers Conference in May 5-7, 2021.

These workshops (starting January 14, 2021) help prepare female military veteran, reservists, national guard, active duty and spouses through business-focused education, business development and scaling strategies, access to resources and pitch preparation and coaching that inspire and prepares them to start and grow their businesses.

News and Updates

Beware of Phishing Scams

Multiple sources identified an SBA-themed phishing email that is addressed to, “Valued SBA Applicant” and signed by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA). The body of the email requests user to verify the account, “due to high fraudulent claims and identity theft cases used by hijackers recently in regard to loan applications.” The statement is false, and the links could lead to financial or personally identifiable information (PII) loss.

Any email communication from the SBA will come from email accounts ending in Loan applicants should:

    • Confirm the application number referenced in the email is consistent with their actual application number.
    • Do not click on any links or open any attachments unless you are sure of the recipient.

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.

2021 Enrollment


Boots to Business Reboot

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

Omaha, Nebraska- Online

December 3, 2020
8:30 AM

Kansas City, Missouri - Online

January 12, 2021
8:30 AM

Kansas City, Missouri - Online

January 21, 2021
8:30 AM

National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service.

Phase One-Online Pre-Course

January 18- February 20, 2021

Phase Two-Residence Program

February 20 - April 25, 2021

Phase Three-Advising & Venture Development

June 1- October 31, 2021

Application Deadline:

December 4, 2020

Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Level I (VET-I)

Training for US military service member, veteran, or spouse of either, and looking to transition into entrepreneurship or grow your already existing early-stage business.  Hands-on weekly classes bring founders of game-changing companies and subject matter experts to give you essential information about customer channels, business models, legal and accounting necessities, and more. By the end of 12 weeks, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to create a solid, sustainable venture from the ground up.
VET participants also get access to Veterans Future Lab programming during the program and for three months post completion. Graduates will be eligible to enroll in the upcoming VET-II program.

Application Deadline:

January 6, 2021

Upcoming Webinars

Join NEF to explore why it’s important to have a Resumption Plan, what to focus on when writing the plan, who should be involved in the plan & more!

Questions: 402-685-5500 or


There’s a misconception about business succession planning – that it’s just about planning for when someone dies. It’s also about selling your business, planning your retirement, transferring ownership to a family member, etc. Regardless of the reason, planning for a seamless transition protects you and your business, and you can never prepare too early.

Webinar or at CCC Opportunity Central

4860 33rd Ave Columbus, NE

Questions/Registration: Doris Lux, 402-562-1242 or

Facebook is the largest social media platform and has the best marketing tools. In this presentation we’ll discuss the benefits & challenges of Facebook, why you should choose Facebook first for your social media, Facebook strategy, how the algorithm works to best enhance your engagement and how to balance copy, images/video and custom audiences.

Questions: Elizabeth Yearwood,


Did you know that your business could be eligible for grants as high as $10k? SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant is here to help small businesses to export. This webinar covers how to apply for a STEP grant to help expand your ability to export AND gives you the chance to hear from successful exporters who have used STEP grants for a variety of business needs like website translation, SEO, digital marketing strategies, e-Commerce expansion and more! You’ll also get some Q&A time with the SBA’s Office of International Trade and State partners!


Join this webinar to learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel. Attendees will explore templates, shortcuts and strategies to maximize how they can use these resources to make their businesses more efficient.

Questions: Halle Ramsey, or 402-870-2749


agencies and topic areas and discuss the commercialization process. Login details from GoToWebinar will be emailed to you prior to the event.



Learn the SBA’s 4 steps to entering the federal marketplace: how to self-certify yourself as a small business (understanding NAICS codes), how to know if the Federal Government buys what you sell (understanding set-asides), how to know if it is for you (registrations and certifications), and how to market your business to the government.

Questions: 402-221-7229


Partner Events

Score LIVE Webinars December

  • Dec 10: Credit Card Processing Secrets that will Save Your Small Business BIG Money
  • Dec 15: Selling Through Social – Develop Your Strategy for the New Year
  • Dec 29: Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesse

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!