Building a Small Business? Follow These 3 Tips for Success

Building a Small Business? Follow These 3 Tips for Success
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Whether you’re starting or growing a small business, equipping yourself with the right tools, the best resources, and a strong network can help guide your journey and contribute to your ultimate success of your business. Consider these three tips: 


1. Take Advantage of Training Programs. Whether you a service-disabled veteran, female entrepreneur, or maybe interested in contracting, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may have a training program perfect for you -- and the price is right! Servicemembers, veterans, Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses can access Boots to Business and other entrepreneurship training at no cost. Learn more at the SBA website.  


2. Find Local Assistance. Although starting a small business may seem daunting and overwhelming, you don’t have to do it alone! SBA has Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) located across the county to assist you on your entrepreneurship journey. Check out the resources near you.


3. Cultivate Your Veteran Business NetworkBeing self-employed can be challenging and unpredictable. Your local SBA District Office, VBOC, or Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help you find other veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs who can help you at every stage of your small business ownership.


In turn, they can also introduce you to other professionals who will support you in setting up your business for success. This can be especially helpful if you’re looking for employees, contractors, or partners, as these contacts have already been vetted from a trusted person.


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Want more? Stan Kurtz, director of programs, Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), joined MOAA for an exclusive conversation highlighting SBA’s entrepreneurship programs. Register today and receive access to the recording. 


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Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.