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Veterans Business Program

Rules of Engagement for the Military Entrepreneur

The dedication and skills acquired through military training form a solid foundation for small business ownership. The Veterans Business Program (VBP) of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) helps active and reserve duty military and veterans reach their potential as entrepreneurs. The VBP offers resources such as free workshops and personalized consultations with experienced small business professionals. Whether retired, deployed, serving stateside or transitioning back into civilian life, the Veterans Business Program is available to support entrepreneurial dreams. Starting a business requires significant planning. The VBP can assist with market research, business plans and required forms and registrations.

While the SC SBDC does not offer funding directly, Veterans Business Program consultants offer skilled advice on financial analysis and funding opportunities. Growing a business presents many challenges. The VBP helps with expansions and other efforts to make a small company flourish. Financial auditing, procurement opportunities, record keeping, marketing and market research are some of the many areas where the Veterans Business Program offers assistance in growing a business. Managing deployment can be complicated, particularly for small business owners. Organization is key to effectively dealing with the litany of tasks and challenges. The VBP can help with creating a contingency plan. Should the business remain open? If so, who will operate the company, keep the books and handle financial obligations? Developing standardized procedures will help a small business run smoothly and remain a successful venture in the absence of the primary owner.

Currently deployed military can benefit from free assistance and interactive online training at www.uscregionsbdc.com. One-on-one consultations with VBP professionals are available by calling 803-938-3833.

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Veterans Consultant

Jim Giffin
Veterans Business Program Manager
jgiffin@sc.edu
803-938-3833

Deployment Readiness Guide

Acrobat Document (.pdf)

University of South Carolina South Carolina State University Winthrop University Clemson University

The U.S. Small Business Administration Frank L Roddey ASBDC