U.S. Small Business Administration: Veterans Business Outreach Center Program
This solicitation provides financial assistance to fund implementation of a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) to counsel, train, and provide technical and financial/procurement assistance, comprehensive business assessment and mentoring to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting new or expanding/diversifying established small businesses in addition to providing business assistance to Reserve Component members and transitioning military personnel interested in exploring career opportunities in entrepreneurship. A key responsibility of VBOCs is to support transitioning service members as they embark on post military service careers that often include small business ownership and other forms of self-employment. A portion of the funding provided under this program announcement is to be used to fund costs associated with coordinating, delivering, and conducting outreach to increase participation in the entrepreneurship track of the DOD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP), known as Boots to Business, on military installations in the continental United States and its territories. VBOCs are directed by the Small Business Act to participate in the DOD’s Transition Assistance Program.
Amount: Total: $4,000,000; Minimum award: $180,000; Number of awards: Up to 14.
Eligibility: An applicant must be an institution of higher learning, private organization or business, veterans’ non-profit community-based organization, a State, local or tribal governmental agency or a non-profit organization.
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