Veterans

The Community Business Partnership is proud to be a US Small Business Administration Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).

Military experience is a stronger predictor of entrepreneurship than graduate education. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or small business owner seeking to start, purchase, or grow your business, the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program is your one-stop shop.

The VBOC at Community Business Partnership provides entrepreneurial development services such as training, counseling, and access to capital for members of the military community (including all era Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard, Reservists and military spouses) who may be considering starting a small business or looking to grow an existing business.

If you are looking for assistance outside our region, please visit the SBA’s interactive map to find your local VBOC.

Eligibility

  • Transitioning or active duty service member
  • Veteran of any era
  • National Guard or Reserve member or
  • Military spouse

Service Area

Our VBOC proudly serves the National Capital Region and beyond; including 1.4 million veterans in:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware and
  • Northern Virginia (including Alexandria City, Arlington County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County)

VBOC Leadership

Dr. Les Taylor serves as the Director of the National Capital Region’s Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). As a thought-leader in his field, Les provides the vision and leadership for promulgating the SBA’s Boots-to-Business (B2B) entrepreneurship and related training in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

More on Dr. Les Taylor.

Veteran Activities

Boots to Business

Boots to Business is for transitioning military service members and takes place on 17 military bases in the CBP’s VBOC service area.

Created by the SBA, Boots to Business is a two-day entrepreneurial education curriculum that is an elective track within the Department of Defense’s revised Transition Assistance Program (TAP).  The curriculum provides valuable assistance to transitioning Service members exploring business ownership or self-employment. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.

Boots to Business: Reboot

Reboot is for all era veterans, their families, active duty personnel, National Guard, and Reservists.

Reboot is an extension of Boots to Business, delivering the same information and benefits to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses in more accessible off-base locations.

Veteran Entrepreneurship Resources

We help all era veterans, their families, active duty personnel, National Guard, and Reservists follow their dreams of starting and growing businesses.

We help all era veterans, their families, active duty personnel, National Guard, and Reservists follow their dreams of starting and growing businesses.

Federal Contracting Opportunities for Veterans

Founded in 1985, the ninety-four Procurement Technical Assistance Centers form a nationwide network of government procurement professionals that acts as a bridge between government buyers and suppliers.

Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

District of Columbia Procurement Technical Assistance Center

State Contracting Opportunities for Veterans

Maryland Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprise (VSBE) Program

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity: Certification

District of Columbia Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Connect

Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity

Our Funder

VBOC is fully funded at the Community Business Partnership through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information about entrepreneurship services for veterans, please call us at (703) 768-1440 or by email at les@cbponline.org


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“I started Becky’s Pet Care in 1998 and, thanks to CBP’s expert and caring staff, now have a strong business with 160 employees.


Becky O’Neil, President, Becky’s Pet Care, Springfield, VA
Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA