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How Iowa Ranks for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Did you know there are over 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States, according to the latest (2016?) U.S. Census Bureau data? They account for sales/receipts of $1.2 trillion. So we wondered, how does Iowa compare to other states in the Midwest when it comes to the number and impact of veteran-owned businesses?

Entrepreneur Spotlight: O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola

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The TSB program caters to women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. Mr. O’Brien spent 20 years in active duty for the U.S. Air Force before retiring in May 2007. At that point, he beginning to work at Rockwell Collins before resigning six years later to focus 100% on his company that he founded with his wife, Belinda.

SBA’s Boots to Business Training/Reboot Supports Veteran Entrepreneurs

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Boots to Business equips service members and spouses with a comprehensive business foundation – from basic entrepreneurial training and education to ongoing resources and support. More than 56,000 service members and military spouses have been trained nationwide since the SBA and Syracuse University launched the program in 2013—and participation continues to rise.

SBA's Boots to Business - An Entrepreneurial Opportunity for Veterans

Are you a veteran, active National Guard or Reservist who is interested in starting your own business? If so, now may be the perfect time to take the leap!

Home Base Iowa Continues to Grow

Home Base Iowa continues to connect transitioning military members and veterans with career opportunities in Iowa companies. This unique program is tailored to a state which ranks third in the U.S. for job creation, allows for no state taxes on military pension, offers a cost of living below the national average and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.

SBA Informational Seminar for Veterans

Veterans Advantage is a free one hour workshop which gives an overview of the capital, counseling and contracting programs available from the SBA and its resource partners. It is intended to help veterans and members of the Guard and Reserve to start and grow a small business and may be of interest others as well.

Un-Traditional Start-A-Thon Gives Entrepreneurs a Chance to Start a Business

The startathon, a term coined by the tech industry, accelerates the startup process. The term typically invokes images of the tech industry, where white college guys start companies in a 48- 72 hour period, marathon style. The Iowa Black Business Coalition aims to break that stereotype with an event during Global Entrepreneurship week, especially for women and minority-owned businesses.

SBA Offers Free Workshop on Resources For Veterans

This one hour workshop describes the SBA services available to veterans in Howard County, in coordination with the state's Home Base Iowa program.

Military Loyalty Rewards Program

In honor of the 4th of July, we take a look at one veteran's journey through entrepreneurship.

Business Entrepreneurship Program Trains 25,000 Transitioning Service Members

For two years, Boots to Business—the entrepreneurship track of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP)—has provided entrepreneurship and business planning training to members of America’s armed forces who are transitioning to civilian life, giving them the tools to start their own successful companies.

              
             

 

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