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veterans business outreach center

ARIZONA TERRITORY​

Our mission is to provide business training and counseling services to active duty personnel, veterans from any era, and military spouses who want to learn more about, then start and grow a small business of their own.

The VBOC network has 28 centers spread across the US to serve veteran and military spouses in all 50 states and US territories.

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about

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, Veterans, National Guard and Reserve Members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.

 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has 28 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

eligibility

  • Transitioning or Active-Duty

  • Veteran of Any Era

  • National Guard or Reserve

  • Military Spouse

how we help

The Arizona Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is a valuable resource for veterans, service members, and military spouses who are interested in starting or growing a small business. Here’s how it can assist you:

entrepreneurial development services

WE HELP by providing business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to expand, we can offer guidance tailored to your needs.

workshops & training

WE HELP by conducting workshops, training sessions, and counseling in your local area in Arizona. These cover various aspects of entrepreneurship, including business planning, financial management, and marketing.

transition assistance

WE HELP by collaborating with SBA district offices and Transition Service Managers to conduct Boots to Business classes. These classes help you transition from military service to entrepreneurship.

pre-business plan workshops

WE HELP by offering workshops specifically addressing self-employment. They cover essential topics, including using the Internet as a tool for business development.

business plan preparation

comprehensive feasibility analysis

WE HELP assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business plan, increasing the likelihood of success. The results guide revisions to your strategic planning.

mentorship & personalization

  • Where can I get training for starting and running a small business?
    Check out our BASIC TRAINING page, where we cover essential topics for entrepreneurs. Additionally, explore the federal Small Business Administration’s various training programs and business counseling partners, including the VBOC, SBDC, SCORE, and Women’s Business Centers. If you’re still active duty and eligible for the DoD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) or a military spouse, consider registering for the “Boots to Business” Intro to Entrepreneurship track. Reach out to the TAP manager at your base for class schedules.
  • What does the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) do?
    The VBOC’s mission is to provide business training and counselling services to active duty personnel, veterans from any era, and military spouses who want to learn more about, then start and grow a small business of their own. The VBOC network has 28 centers spread across the US to serve veterans and military spouses in all 50 states and US territories. Our office serves the entire state of Arizona from its office in Phoenix with counseling in person, by phone and online. To locate a VBOC other than Arizona, go to: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/vboc
  • Why do I have to register?
    First, the VBOC is legally required to get your written consent to receive counseling, training, and advice. Consequently, we can only give you general information until you have submitted the Electronic Request For Counseling (ERFC). The EFRC also serves as our Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Agreements provided for your security.
  • How do I qualify for VBOC services?
    All U.S. military veterans, including Active Duty personnel and those with any prior military service, as well as military spouses, and surviving military spouses qualify for VBOC services, go to: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/vboc to determine which regional office to contact.
  • Is the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) a part of the Veterans Administration (VA)?
    No. The VBOC is an U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resource Partner, operating under the SBA Office of Veteran Business Development. For questions regarding benefits or disability claims, please go to http://www.va.gov to find the VA office nearest you.
  • How much does it cost?
    NOTHING! You have earned access to the VBC’s services through your military service or your personal relationship to a military member. VBOC’s business counseling, training and resources are provided at no cost to you. All you have to do is register here: www.arizonavboc.org

upcoming training*

We offer an array of training to assist and support you in your small business journey, at any phase along the way.

The training schedule and sign up is managed through an external site maintained by VBOC & SBA.

*NOTE: THE LINK BELOW WILL REDIRECT YOU TO AN EXTERNAL SITE MANAGED BY THE SBA & YOU MUST SIGN UP BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR A TRAINING

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STEP 1

Click the link to view or sign up for any upcoming training.

...and once you're on the external site...

STEP 2

Ensure that the Date Range, Topic, Type, and Center are filled out according to your needs or recommendations. 

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STEP 3

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For Arizona clients, select: VBOC/A New Leaf from the Center dropdown

learning platform

Whether you're looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA's digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on entrepreneurial best practices and available financing options. 

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Start, pivot, or grow your small business with courses from SBA's Learning Center.

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A free online learning platform for women interested in starting or growing their small businesses.

development

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OPERATION BOOTS TO BUSINESS

Entrepreneurial education and training program for transitioning service members and their spouses.

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our partners

We partner with organizations around the country to provide training, opportunities, and funding to communities in their local area.

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide entrepreneurial training and counseling

contact us

1201 E Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014

480-431-4171

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