Veteran wife? Entrepreneur? look at this

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — You signed on the dotted line to defend this nation, you stood with your brothers and sisters in the armed forces, and now you want to start a business as a female veteran.

You looked at the statistics. You can bank through USAA, and the military-friendly bank says veterans are 45% more likely to start their own businesses than non-veterans.

Veterans own one in 10 small businesses in the United States

Members have honed their leadership skills. They are disciplined, but civilian life can be a difficult transition without proper training and expertise.

This is why resources are important for female veterans on the path to entrepreneurship in these times of economic uncertainty.

Here is a list of resources that can help you.


Women veterans who stimulate entrepreneurship allows women veterans and their spouses or partners to discover their passions. The program also helps them learn the business skills needed to create ideas and start incubating new businesses.

Funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration, V-WISE is also the result of philanthropic support from partnerships across the country.

The first phase of the program is a 15-day intensive online training, the second is a 3-day residency, and the third is a 12-month support focused on building and growing your small business.

You’ll meet speakers and teachers who are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and government leaders and have access to a network of community resources designed to support your efforts.

You will also have access to services provided by the Small Business Administration and other partners, as well as the ability to use more than 20 separate training modules on topics such as opportunity recognition, business planning, financing, economics, marketing, access to capital, business law and social networks.

Course materials, two nights of accommodation, and meals are included in the $75 residency registration fee. Participants must pay their travel expenses to and from the conference.

For more information about V-WISE, call (315) 443-6898 or email [email protected]

Boots to Business Reboot (B2BR) course

Need an overview of business fundamentals? This program helps people interested in owning a business or other forms of self-employment.

Go through critical steps to evaluate business concepts and learn how to develop a business plan. You’ll discover entrepreneurial ideas and learn about available resources, such as capital, technical assistance, contracting opportunities, and more.

Visit SBA’s Boots to Business Reboot Program online for more information.

Veterans Institute for Supply

Does your female veteran-owned business need training to learn how to successfully manage federal contracts? The Veterans Institute for Supply is here to help.

Beyond ONABEN’s boots

ONABEN offers an initiative for returning veterans and active duty members in underserved tribal and rural communities. This unique set of tools and services fosters the capabilities of veterans and military personnel to achieve entrepreneurial goals.

The BTB program involves meeting the individual where they are and understanding their barriers to success. The program also emphasizes individualized financial literacy, asset management, accumulation training, and small business training for all stages of the business life cycle.

Ongoing training tailored to the needs of business challenges, as well as procurement and public contracting assistance, is available for those who need it.

ONABEN works with individuals to help them realize their dreams of business ownership. Visit them online at

warrior on the rise

Going from a veteran to a vetrepreneur. Warrior Rising will help you reuse your military skills for use in the civilian world. You are still a leader even when you take off your uniform. Your military service was just the beginning.

Warrior Rising’s goal is to help you become a Great American Business Owner by translating your education, values, and work ethic into the language of success.

Enroll in Warrior Academy by visiting their website and let your future begin today.

Small Business Administration Lender Matching

Are you looking for a loan to help you start your business? The Small Business Administration has a lender matching program. It takes about five minutes to answer a few questions about your business, and you’ll be connected with lenders about a potential loan. Compare rates, terms, fees and you’ll be on your way.

Visit the SBA’s Lender Match program online for more information.

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