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Boots to Business Reboot

August 9th, 2022

Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your own business?

This is your chance to explore what it takes to be an #Entrepreneur and stand with the growing number of small business owners! Join us along with our highly decorated guest presenters and learn how to put your small business ownership dreams into action! 

This event is open to anyone who is interested in starting or growing a small business. Login details for this virtual event will be sent out prior to the training 

August 9th, 2022 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT 

SBA Resources for You Topics will include: 

What is Entrepreneurship?

Idea vs. Business Opportunity? 

Market Research Customers and Industry The Economics of Small Business Selecting the Correct Legal Structure Financing Your Venture Business Planning

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.

problems or concerns.  

The first online session for this Cohort will take place on Saturday, August 13th using Zoom from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  The second session will be held on August 27th (same time).  In between these sessions, your team will complete a minimum of 5 customer discovery sessions. 

If you are not able to attend the first session, we will notify you when we schedule the next cohort.  By filling out the application you will automatically be included in all announcements of future sessions.

Your first step will be to sign up for the SLUStart I-Corps program through the following link, one application per team:

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

2022

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)

PAINTING the TECH BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

September 29, October 13 & 27, 2022 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This 6 week online offering via Zoom will introduce technology start-ups to the steps necessary for developing a business model canvas for their early concept. This includes a framework that focuses on discovering the customer problems in the space where their potential solution may live. In addition, this course will include steps to develop a value proposition that fulfills the customer’s need, that differentiates them in the marketplace. Participants will learn the basics of conducting customer discovery interviews and will apply real-life learning by completing interviews outside of class time on the weeks we do not meet (Week of Oct 3, 17 & 31). Then participates will be presenting their key findings in class and receive feedback to enhance and sharpen their ideas. In addition, one-on-one counseling is available following the workshop (Week of November 7 & 14).

After completing this workshop series, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a draft Business Model Canvas
  • Develop a draft Value Proposition Canvas
  • Learn the basics of conducting customer discovery interviews
  • Gain feedback to determine next steps for their concept 

Register for this No Cost Webinar Series Below.

Presented by: Missouri Small Business Development Center – St. Louis University of Missouri Extension

Association of Women’s Business Centers Upskilling Grant

2022

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

Disaster Relief Updates

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.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=889144055221560

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants
Frequently Asked Questions
Targeted EIDL Frequently Asked Questions
Targeted EIDL Advance Mapping Tool

Determine if your business is located in a low-income community as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code: https://sbaeidl.policymap.com/app

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

EIDL: 

  • 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

PPP:

  • 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

EIDL:

  • 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: https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/

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.  

If you are interested in learning more about this upcoming transfer, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-assistance-programs. 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 https://vetbiz.com/news/openhouse/ 

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 

Looking Back at 2021: A Year of #VetBiz Strength and Resilience

While many hoped that the business landscape in 2021 would look different from 2020, many small businesses across the country, including veteran and military spouse small businesses, continued to grapple with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of necessity, many veteran entrepreneurs have continued to adapt their business plans, shift operations and pivot with the economy. One thing remains true: the strength and resilience of America’s veteran small business owners continues to prove that their determination and grit will carry them through the toughest battles.

As we look back on the strength of America’s veteran entrepreneurs, let’s revisit the resources available to veteran small business owners who are interested in starting, growing, or adapting their small businesses.

Sharpen your business knowledge and acumen. For transitioning servicemembers, or aspiring veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs, the SBA offers a number of free or low-cost entrepreneurial education and training programs. For example, the Boots to Business program is a great way to learn the basics of business planning, opportunity recognition, market research, financing, and more. Classes are offered on military installations worldwide or in your local community through Boots to Business Reboot.

Connect with SBA’s extensive resource partner network. As you work to strengthen your business, you don’t have to do it alone. The SBA has a nationwide ecosystem of resource partners in over 1,400 locations with more than 13,000 business advisors who are ready to assist you. SBA’s network of District Offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE chapters, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) help bring all of SBA’s programs and resources right to your local community. For the veteran and military spouse community, you can connect with your local VBOC to find tailored business trainings, workshops, counseling, and more. With 22 locations across the U.S., our VBOCs are strategically positioned in local communities to give you the expertise you need to launch a successful business. Plus, VBOC services are offered in-person, virtually, and over the phone.

Participate in an entrepreneurship training program. The SBA offers a variety of programs through grantees that are customized for the veteran entrepreneurship journey. SBA’s  entrepreneurship training programs focus on specific veteran groups to provide specialized resources to help start, grow, or pivot your business.

  • Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (WVETP): Provides entrepreneurial training to women veterans, women service members, and women spouses of service members and veterans as they start or grow a business.
  • Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP): Provides entrepreneurship training programs to service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs who aspire to be small business owners or currently own a small business.
  • Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP): Delivers training to veteran-owned small businesses that are interested in pursuing or are currently engaged in federal procurement.

As we review accomplishments from 2021 and look to achieve new milestones in 2022, we celebrate the strength and resilience of our veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs who continued to soldier on during unprecedented times. With the help of SBA resources, the same determination our veteran entrepreneurs displayed during their time in the military will continue to propel them to success in the year ahead.

This blog was originally written by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development.

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
Residency-
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. 

Online

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: 

https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qpWN

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 – https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars

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

Location
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

Location
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!