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Resources to Start or Grow your Business as your Family Transitions from the Military


Learn about the resources available to help military spouses start or grow their own business as their family prepares to transition out of the military.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration, or SBA, website provides resources for entrepreneurs. The SBA offers business financing, entrepreneurial training, government contracting/federal procurement and advocacy for small businesses.

Developing a Marketing Plan

The “Marketing and sales” page on the Small Business Administration website discusses how a marketing plan relates to a small business. Developing a good marketing plan is an investment worth making.

SCORE Business Resources

If you own or are considering starting a small business, take advantage of SCORE for education and mentorship opportunities. SCORE is a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration with a national network of volunteer mentors eager to assist you and your business.

Small Business Contracting for Women

Learn how to start a woman-owned small business and enter the world of government contracting. Provide goods, services or support to federal, state or local government agencies, on or near military installations around the world.

Ten Steps to Government Contracts

Entering the world of government contracting may seem overwhelming at first. Complete the registration and planning process and start networking, finding partners and looking for business opportunities.

Promote Using Free Online Marketing

The “Humphry Slocombe: Promote Using Free Online Marketing” video discusses ways to use no-cost social media and marketing to market products and increase business. Humphry Slocombe is an ice cream business, but the social media concepts they use are applicable to any small business.

Apply for Business Licenses and Permits

The Small Business Administration's ‘Apply for licenses and permits’ section can help you navigate through the process of establishing and maintaining the appropriate licenses and permits to ensure your business complies with a range of local, state and federal rules.

Create Your Business Plan

The Small Business Administration provides tips on developing a business plan to help you successfully run your small business.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

If you are a caregiver or a surviving spouse interested in starting a business, investigate your eligibility for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.