The Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships, the Small Business Administration assists and protects the interests of small business concerns. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is an autonomous U.S. government agency established in 1953 to bolster and promote the economy in general by providing assistance to small businesses. One of the largest functions of the SBA is the provision of counseling to aid individuals in trying to start and grow businesses. They are especially helpful with minorities, women and military veterans who want to start a small business.

SBA programs provide access to capital and preparation for small business opportunities. They can also connect veteran small business owners with federal procurement and commercial supply chains. The Veterans Business Outreach Center Program is an OVBD initiative that oversees Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC) across the country. This small business program features a number of success stories and offers business plan workshops, concept assessments, mentorship, and training for eligible veterans. Devoted exclusively to promoting veteran entrepreneurship, the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)  facilitates the use of all SBA programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors.

November is Veteran’s Month and the SBA wants to both honor and celebrate the veteran- and the military-owned business community. Although these training events below were designed with veterans in mind, all current and future small business owners are welcome

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. Veterans’ Contracting Tools: Learn from the Experts How to Build Your Toolbox SBA Illinois District Office (500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150, Chicago) Register at:

Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. Veterans: Is Franchising For You? SBA Illinois District Office (500 W. Madison St., Suite 1150, Chicago) Register at:

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. Online webinar: Contract Financing & Surety Bonding for Veterans Register at:

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