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Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP)


U.S. Small Business Administration

The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).
Services Provided by the Centers
Pre-Business Plan Workshops

VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment. An important segment of these workshops entails the usage of the Internet as a tool for developing and expanding businesses. Each client is afforded the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.
Concept Assessments

VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.
Business Plan Preparations

VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a five-year business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal form if the business, equipment requirements and cost, organizational structure, a strategic plan, market analysis, and a financial plan. Financial plans include financial projections, budget projections, and funding requirements.
Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis

VBOCs provide assistance in identifying and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. The results of the analysis are utilized to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.
Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling

VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, target entrepreneurial training projects and counseling sessions tailored specifically to address the needs and concerns of the service-disabled veteran entrepreneur.

VBOCs conduct, as appropriate, on-site visits with clients to ensure adherence to their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine whether a revision of the business plan is warranted or that desired results are being attained.
Other Business Developmental Related Services

VBOCs also provide assistance and training in such areas as international trade, franchising, Internet marketing, accounting, etc.
Center Locations and Areas of Coverage
Region I

Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Region II

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York SUNY @ Farmingdale SBDC

The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Region III

Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Region IV

The University of West Florida in Pensacola

The Veterans Business Outreach Center @Fayetteville State University

Region V

VetBiz Central, Inc

Region VI

The University of Texas - Pan American

Veterans Enterprise Training Program

Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region VII

Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Region VIII

Rocky Boys Veteran’s Association

Region IX

Vietnam Veterans of California – VBOC

Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region X

Seattle Business Assistance Center

Eligibility: Veteran

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