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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

November 2020

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

Emerging Leaders Class

Designed for young professionals ages 22-35, the Emerging Leaders program offers the opportunity to strengthen your personal, professional and civic leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis region and build connections with a diverse network of peers.  

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

November 12, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 PM (CST)

Veterans, military spouses and others in business who want to learn more about starting or growing a business are invited to attend the fourth annual Veterans in Business virtual seminar. 

Learn about resources and programs available to veterans, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, Veteran Business Resource Center, Missouri PTAC and the Missouri Small Business Development Center. Much of the information is relevant to all small businesses, but the seminar also covers items of interest specific to veteran-owned small businesses. Although the event is focused on veterans, anyone may attend.

Special Accommodations: In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and state law, you may request accommodations due to a disability by contacting the event organizer listed above. Advance notice may be necessary for some accommodations. Registration must be paid prior to accommodation requests.

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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

Military Spouse Entrepreneurship

The Military Entrepreneurship program is designed to train military spouses to create or expand a small business. Our program is designed with the flexibility of the military lifestyle in mind. This training will ensure their business are transferable in whatever situation they encounter; be that transition to a new post or the family leaving the service.

2021 Classes


Upcoming Webinars

Marketing is a lot like warfare. Companies win, competitors lose. It’s all hands on deck, and sometimes you need to bring in the reinforcements. This module takes a hard look at four military strategies that make sense for small firms: defensive, offensive, flanking, and guerilla. We will focus on guerilla tactics that make inroads in established markets and create business success with a fighter’s mindset.

Questions: Elizabeth Yearwood,


Selling to government agencies at the local, state and federal levels is a great way to increase your business’s sales. This webinar introduces you to the basic information you need to sell to government agencies. Our workshop will show you how to find opportunities at public websites, how to register with public agencies, and will explain the many details of government contracting. The focus of this workshop is federal government contracting, although State of Nebraska and Omaha/Douglas County contracting is discussed.

For established businesses

Questions: Mary Graff, 402-554-6254 or


This webinar discusses when to use invoices instead of sales receipts, key practices for tracking inventory and best practices for inventory.

Questions: 308-962-6767


Want to increase engagement with customers?  Facebook Lives provides the opportunity to engage with customers by sharing live broadcasts of events, activities, and/or create promotional broadcasts.   

Questions: Elizabeth Yearwood,


Join the EEC for this free webinar all about Labor and Employment Law. Facilitated by Scott S. More, Attorney.



The goal of this presentation is to share valuable and useful information to help decision makers and influencers identify key factors involved in securing their businesses, by encouraging: a shared awareness of the technological risks facing businesses today and of steps that can be taken to improve a company’s security posture.

Questions: 308-962-6767



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.

For existing businesses

Questions: 402-221-7229


Demystifying Government Contracting is a monthly series that focuses on helping businesses sell to the government with a new topic every month. This month will focus on E-Verify for Federal Contractors. Presented by Jennifer Nelson, E-Verify, US Citizenship and Immigration Service from the Department of Homeland Security.

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-618-7079


An often overlooked marketing tool, a consistent public relations program can boost your businesses’ credibility and build awareness of your products or services. In this workshop, we’ll examine tried-and-true tactics businesses can use to create a successful public relations program. With the right plan in place, you can increase your brand affinity, customer preference, and ultimately improve your bottom-line.

Questions: Elizabeth Yearwood,


Partner Events

STL Small Business Week Accessing the Right Resources to Start & Grow Your Business: Learn & Connect Resource Fair

Date/ Time: Monday, November 9th 12pm-2pm

Building a business is hard enough, don’t do it alone. Get connected to the resources to help you develop your innovation, launch your startup, and grow your business, better and faster. Register Here

Wichita District SBA Office National Veterans Small Business Week Virtual Event: Resources & Discussion

Date/ Time: November 10th , 11:30-12:30 PM

This is a free virtual event for veterans and their spouses who own small businesses or are thinking about starting a business.  Register Here

FDIC Promoting Iowa Veteran Owned Small Business Development, Growth and Success Webinar

Date/ Time: November 17th, 1:30-3:00pm

Learn about small business best practices, resources and potential partner organizations to support veteran-owned small business success in Iowa. The webinar will also promote collaborations between banks and community stakeholders serving veteran families. Register Here

FDIC Promoting Nebraska Veteran Owned Small Business Development, Growth and Success

Date/ Time: November 18th, 1:30-3:00pm

The webinar will promote collaborations between banks and community stakeholders serving veteran families.  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!