Free Business Counseling Services

The Veteran's Business Outreach Center - VBOC is committed to providing training and financing opportunities to entrepreneurs from the U.S. Military community. In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, VBOC equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to successfully start and run their businesses.  VBOC serves veterans in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. At VBOC we look forward to helping you succeed in your business!

OUR MISSION


The Veteran's Business Outreach Center has three major objectives:
  • Increase the number of veteran owned small businesses
  • Maximize jobs created by and for those businesses
  • Reinforce the growth, profit, and value of each business
Veteran owned businesses may be startups, existing companies focusing on growth and expansion, or planned future acquisitions.

VBOC RESOURCES


We are committed to delivering free business counseling and training workshops, supplying entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to run a business.
  • Understanding funding options
  • Preparing loan packages and presentations for lenders and potential investors
  • Managing business profitability
  • Creating business plans and financial projections
  • Identifying business expansion options
Read more about Business Counseling.
Read more about Classes & Training.

BOOTS TO BUSINESS


Boots to Business is for transitioning military servicemembers, and takes place on base near you. B2B is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). VBOC administers classes in Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Check out a Video, or Learn More & Register for a Class

ELIGIBILITY


VBOC is an equal opportunity institution that serves every person, with a focus on:
  • Veterans
  • Service-Disabled Veterans
  • Reservists and Guard Members
  • Family Members
  • Active-duty service members preparing to transition from military service to business ownership
Regardless of veteran focus, all persons are welcome to obtain services at Business Impact NW, Veterans Business Outreach Center and Washington Women's Business Center.
  • Total support. After 27 years in business, I now have the tools with their guidance on how to get my business out there to help so many people!
  • My counselor was so helpful with my cash-flow spreadsheet and business plan. She is following up with me and had lots of practical tips for small business help.
  • Good classes for business development at a variety of levels - great resources for entrepreneurs just starting out or those already well on their way.
  • It was great attending your presentation today. I learned a lot of new ways to look for funding and a new approach at finding funds to grow my business.
Before we can provide assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration requires all clients to register with VBOC and complete the Request for Counseling form.
This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements.
All client information is held in strict confidence. This request for counseling is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL!

Funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration

Since 2013, VBOC Region X has...

...held over 4,600 1-on-1 counseling sessions

Serving >2,000 clients

...conducted over 1,800 training seminars

Providing training to >2,400 clients

...helped start over 73 new businesses

Creating over 130 new jobs

Veterans make up over 88% of VBOC clientele

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