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Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

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Build Your Business With VBOC

Welcome to the Region X Veterans Business Outreach Center at Business Impact NW. The Region X Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) at Business Impact NW empowers active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve Component members, members of the Coast Guard, transitioning service members, veterans of all eras, as well as military spouses who are thinking about starting, purchasing or growing a small business. We offer training opportunities, one-on-one coaching, referrals to resource partners and networking events in our Region, encompassing the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

VBOC is committed to providing training and financing opportunities to entrepreneurs from the U.S. Military community.

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Our Goals

  1. Increase the number of veteran-owned small businesses
  2. Maximize jobs created by and for those businesses
  3. Reinforce the growth, profit, and value of each business

What You Can Gain

  • Support in creating a comprehensive business plan and financial projections
  • Understanding of your funding options
  • Help preparing loan packages and presentations for lenders and potential investors
  • Skills to help you manage business profitability
  • Help identifying business expansion options
  • And more!

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.

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Business Coaching

To get assistance in one or more of these areas, register for coaching. If you’ve already been assigned a team member, send them an email.

Loan Readiness

If you are looking to apply for funding through Business Impact NW or another institution, we offer training and coaching on what you need (in addition to a good business plan and financial projections) in order to apply for funding.

Resource Referrals

In partnership with the SBA and through outreach we conduct, we have developed a network of partners who can assist with your business needs.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis

A feasibility analysis helps you ask the correct questions and formulate an approach to answering those questions – before launching a business.

Financial Planning

Our coaches can work with you as you prepare your financial projections. We can walk you through financial planning workbooks and provide you the resources you will need to complete well-researched financial projections for your business.

Assistance with your Lean or Business Model Canvas

The Lean Model Canvas and Business Model Canvas are great pre-venture planning tools. We provide training on these tools which includes how to relate your canvas to a business plan.

Guidance with Business Planning

Our accredited business coaches can guide you on developing and/or maintaining a business plan. We do so through various workshops, one-on-one coaching, and access to business planning platforms. The business plan includes such elements as the legal form of the business, equipment requirements and cost, organizational structure, a strategic plan, market analysis, and a financial plan & projections.

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Classes & Training

Visit our VBOC-specific classes by viewing our calendar, or read more about our featured classes below. You can also Contact us to learn about Military Spouse specialized programming.

Boots to Business

Boot to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program. The curriculum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and information on available SBA resources to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. This class is for transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and spouses who have access to a military installation.

Boots to Business Reboot

The Boots to Business Reboot brings Boots to Business off the installation, extending access to veterans of all eras, National Guard and Reserve, and military spouses.

Grow with a Pro
Grow with a Pro

Join fellow small business owners for Grow with a Pro on Tuesday mornings for coffee with a professional from the Banking, Accounting, Insurance, and Legal fields.  Facilitated by VBOC Director Steve Watts-Oelrich.

VBOC Smart Start #6: Business Plan Development
Your Business – Start Smart

Our Your Business – Start Smart series is a self-paced, on-demand course that provides an overview of the steps you need to take to start your business. This course will help you as you work with a business coach.

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All Business Impact NW Classes

Check out all of the free and low-cost trainings offered by Business Impact NW, including Launch and Grow, Grow and Thrive, Business Expert Sessions, and many webinars (both live and on-demand). Sign up for our newsletter so you can stay apprised of trainings, events, and other information pertinent to small business ownership.

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About Us

The Veteran Business Outreach Program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Meet the Team

If you don’t have a business coach yet, all you need to do is register!

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Launch Your Business

From idea, to plan, to business start,
let us help you launch your dream.

Grow Your Business

We work with you to take your
established business to the next level.

We work with you to secure funding
for your business to thrive

Nationally

Veteran-owned businesses employ 5 million people in the US

Veteran-owned businesses make up 9% of all US small businesses

1 in 3 veteran-owned employer businesses generates over $500,000 in annual revenue

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SBA logoReasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact vboc@businessimpactnw.org or call 206.324.4330.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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