The St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) is dedicated to helping men and women, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses. The Center will serve all veterans and Active Duty personnel, including National Guard men and women and Reservists of all branches and immediate family members and caregivers.
The St. Louis VBRC uses an innovative and integrated approach to business planning which will substantially improve chances for success with small businesses.
The VBRC emphasizes a distinctive Veteran to Veteran approach through extensive utilization of the many established and successful veterans in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This Veteran to Veteran approach permeates all aspects of VBRC’s services from training and consulting to advocacy, networking and mentoring.
Our advice and counsel will always be candid and thoughtful with the empowerment of the individual Veteran as our only consideration.
Our goals are to honor the men and women who have served our country and to assist them in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
As members of the Veterans Business Community, we are confident that the success of this program will directly benefit regional investment and job growth.
History of the Center
The VBRC opened it’s doors on June 7th, 2004, with a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by US Senator Jim Talent (R) MO. While a Representative, Talent authored Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Business Development Act of 1999.
One of the provisions of that law opened the door for community based organizations to establish an independent nationwide network of business assistance and information centers for Veterans. St. Louis VBRC competed with a number of major US Cities for the honor of being the first such center in the Nation.
Today the center consist of a dedicated Board of Directors that continue to see the mission continued and an exceptional staff and counselors that help Veterans achieve their business dreams.
Who CAN WE HELP?
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves
- Active Duty Personnel transitioning to civilian life
- Reserve and National Guard members, both pre- and post-deployment
- Honorably discharged veterans who are self-employment ready
- Veterans with existing businesses and veterans preparing for self-employment
- Military spouses and families or veteran caregivers
We focus on IA, KS, MO, NE