Additional Entrepreneurial & Transitional Support Resources for Veterans

Career Source of Northeast Florida offers many resources for veterans and their families including career counseling, resume writing, interviewing skills, electronic job bank access, job searching and placement, and financial aid information.


City of Jacksonville Military and Veterans Affairs Department assists veterans and their families who seek career assistance, pensions, healthcare, disability ratings, GI Bill, and other earned benefits.


Entrepreneurship Training Under the G.I. Bill allows eligible service members and veterans to use VA education benefits to take entrepreneurship courses offered by SBDC. Individual courses must be specifically approved for VA purposes to use your benefits.  An application for benefits (VA Form 22 1990) can be submitted online or in hard copy.


Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA) supports receipt of federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.


Florida SBDC provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as “Florida’s provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community.


Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University develops education and employment-focused programs in collaboration with industry, government, NGOs and the veteran community, to address the primary economic and public policy concerns of our nation’s servicemen and women, and their families.


  • IVMF Boots to Business Program is a three phase training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership.
  • IVMF Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is designed to open the door to economic opportunity for veterans and their families by developing competencies in creating and sustaining entrepreneurial ventures.
  • IVMF V-WISE, Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship is a three-phase program, offered to 200 participants per session, and includes two tracks of training; a growth track for participants already in business, and a start-up track, focused on potential entrepreneurs. free membership organization that connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.


Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loans provides funds to eligible small businesses to meet operating expenses that cannot be met due to an essential employee being called to active duty.


National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is designed for veterans interested in starting a new venture as a means to financial independence and for veterans who have an existing business for which they would like to increase profits.


National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NAVOBA) provides advocacy, business networking, information, and resources for start-up and existing veteran-owned businesses.


Small Business Administration (SBA) a federal agency to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation


SBA, Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) provides a number of programs and services to assist aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneurs such as training, counseling, mentorship, and oversight.


UNF Military Veterans Resource Center provides assistance in coordinating with academic advising, tutoring, counseling, disability accommodations, and much more.


U.S. Dept. of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) serves veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.


U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides American veterans and their dependents with health care services, benefits programs and access to national cemeteries. VA employs more than 250,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices and national cemeteries throughout the


Veterans Business Fund helps veterans who are ready and able to become small business owners or expand their businesses, but lack the required equity capital to qualify for small business loans.


Veterans Business Network (VBN) provides a database and connections to veteran-owned businesses, and assists transitioning veterans from military to civilian life.


Veterans’ Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is a program housed in the FSBDC Network, provides entrepreneurial training through live and online workshops, individual consulting, and technical assistance.


VeteransCorp collaborates between veteran-owned small businesses and provides a gateway for entrepreneurs to access resources, programs, funding and more.


Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) connects veteran entrepreneurs to relevant business startup information. Collectively, VEP offers direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.


Veterans’ Pathway to Business Success provides education, mentoring and financial assistance; offers scholarships and access to experts and specialists, and sponsors CEO forums, shark tanks, and business competitions.


VetFran provides financial assistance to veterans who become franchisees of participating IFA members. Typically the franchisor waives or deeply discounts the franchise fee.


Vietnam Veterans of America promotes and supports the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

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