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Our Story

VetBiz is positively impacting communities by fostering the growth of veteran and military family businesses. Just as in the military, where members are met with a leader to help them adjust to their new surroundings, VetBiz serves as a guiding hand for our clients as they transition into entrepreneurship.  We are the new unit! 

Our team provides veterans and military families with the tools to transform the skills and experiences gained through their service into successful businesses. Our comprehensive and no-cost services are dedicated to supporting veterans and military families through education, expert advice, and mentorship. 

VetBiz was founded in 2004 becoming the first center of its kind in St. Louis to offer entrepreneurship and small business consulting services specifically and exclusively to Veterans. We have aided over 8,000 clients in their entrepreneurial journeys. Our approach is tailored to each individual, ensuring that they receive the proper resources and guidance at the right time. Our philosophy is centered on honesty, transparency, and a straightforward approach to business advising. 

We use an integrated approach to business planning to improve chances for success with small businesses.

Our Mission

Impact communities by building strong veteran small businesses.

Our mission is to empower and support our nation’s veterans and military spouses by fostering their entrepreneurial spirit and helping them build successful small businesses. Through our efforts, we aim to have a positive impact on the communities where these businesses operate, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. We believe that by providing education, resources, and mentorship, we can help these individuals achieve their dreams and thrive as entrepreneurs. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering, and we will continue to work tirelessly to help veterans and military spouses succeed in the world of small business.

Vetbiz is a Project of the Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Our Goals

To provide resources & training:

At VetBiz, we aim to provide resources, tools, and training that enable veterans and military spouses to acquire the skills needed for entrepreneurial success. Through access to our training programs, Boots to Business classes and workshops, we empower these entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses and achieve financial stability

To offer mentorship & networking:

 We understand that starting a business can be challenging, and that’s why we strive to offer mentorship and networking opportunities. Our goal is to connect veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs with experienced mentors who can offer guidance and support, as well as connect them with other entrepreneurs in their field.

VetBiz Supporters Networking at the 2022 Forward15 unGala

To advocate for veteran-owned businesses:

As the inaugural program of the Veterans Advocacy Foundation (VAF), our mission at VetBiz is to promote awareness of the significant contributions that veteran-owned businesses make to the economy. As a unit, we celebrate the accomplishments of our clients and strive to showcase their successes to the wider community

Congratulating a Veteran entrepreneur.

To create opportunities for Veterans and Military Families:

Our ultimate goal is to help create entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans and military spouses.  Supporting Veteran entrepreneurship contributes to regional investment and job growth, benefiting both the veteran community and the broader society.

Celebrating Veteran owned businesses

Approximately 80% of all businesses fail within the first year. We are proud of the fact that over the last two years, 63% of VetBiz clients are still in business!

Join Your New Unit!

Are you ready to grow your Veteran or Military Spouse owned business? Click the Join the Unit button below to register for assistance. Your new unit stand ready to assist. VetBiz, building veteran businesses!