Oklahoma District Office

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“Military veterans make great small business owners and Oklahoma counts on small business to drive our economy,” said Dottie Overall, Small Business Administration (SBA) Oklahoma District Director. “There is no better time than Veteran’s Small Business Week to encourage veterans to start a small business. Our Tulsa Boots to Business: Reboot workshop will provide two days of intense business training for veterans interested in starting a small business.”

The SBA Oklahoma District office will offer Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for veterans in Tulsa November 4-5. The two-day class will be held from 8:30 am – 4 pm at the Tulsa Tech Training Center, Lemley Memorial Campus, 3638 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145 in Training Room #3. There is no cost to veterans and their spouses.

“Graduates of the two-day course in Tulsa will be eligible for an eight-week online course to further develop their business,” Overal said. “We are proud that Oklahoma is one of the first states to offer this program locally from our District office. We appreciate the support of the Tulsa Technology Center and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers in delivering this curriculum”

Boots to Business: Reboot, will introduce veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership, and lead participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The program will also introduce participating Veterans to a network of lifetime business support available locally across the U.S. by introducing them to SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE Counselors.

Boots to Business: Reboot adapts the curriculum from the SBA-sponsored Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, a worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. SBA currently provides Boots to Business: From Service to Startup at Tinker AFB, Ft. Sill and Vance AFB for transitioning military members.

Following the two-day training, participants will also be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week, online course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and techniques and tips for starting a business. After completing Boots to Business: Reboot, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small businesses.

Online registration for veterans is available at For more information contact Larry Weatherford, SBA Veterans Business Development Officer, at 405/609-8012 or

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The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA’s programs throughout the states such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000.

SBA Los Angeles District Office

Women Veteran Entrepreneurial Network

 November 6, 2014 · 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall · 1816 Figueroa St · Los Angeles

Our team of small business experts delivers advice on how to start and grow your business.

Gain valuable, expert insight on finding financing, applying for government certifications, and other resources for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs and military spouses. This one-day training will:

  • Provide skills and business training for 200 women veterans;
  • Connect participants with community-based training;
  • Connect participants to capital resources; and
  • Network women veterans with each other for ongoing support.

Join us for a full day of training including continental breakfast and lunch.

Whatever stage your business is in, we’ll have interactive, informative sessions that will give you concrete steps to move your business forward.

  • Start Up – from the ‘I’ve got an idea stage’ to in business less than a year
  • Stable – in business for less than three years, but I’m up and running
  • Stretch – ready to stretch my wings and grow my businesses

Use this link for complimentary registration and to find more information:

Washington Metro Area SBA District Office

Are you interested owning a small business franchise? Need basic information on what to do next, costs, and where to go for assistance? Join the Small Business Administration and the Women Business Center of Northern Virginia to learn what it takes to pursue franchise opportunities.  We will have a representative from FRANET, and feature successful businesses franchise owners, sharing their stories of sustainability, growth, pitfalls, and rewards.


We will have a representative from SCORE discussing commercial leasing language.

Title:     Veteran’s Workshop on Starting a Franchise
When:   Monday, November 3, 2014
Time:    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Where:  U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW, (Eisenhower Conference Room B)
Washington, DC  20024

There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required.  To register please send an email to, with the Subject: Veteran’s Workshop on Starting a Franchise.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is conveniently located on the Orange, Silver, and Blue Metro Lines at the Federal Center SW station.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to go through security.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to those who make a request by Monday, October 27, 2014, to

VAMBOA Fresno Office WorkshopVeterans Small Business Week will be observed this year November 3-7, 2014. Many district offices of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be holding events and seminars to mark the occasion.

California Veterans should be aware that the Fresno SBA District Office is offering a special workshop for Veterans and their spouses who are interested in starting a new small business or expanding their current business.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 9am until noon, at the SBA Fresno District Office in Fresno, CA.

By attending the event, Veteran entrepreneurs can learn about the multitude of SBA programs, including programs for small loans on home-based businesses, to multi-million dollar loans for real estate and manufacturing. Participants will also receive education on the SBA loan programs created specifically for Veterans and their spouses. The information will be provided by an experienced SBA loan officer and a local SBA lender.

The Veterans Small Business Week workshop will also cover government contracting. Participants can learn how to become a certified Veteran Owned Small Business, and find out how obtaining this designation can provide their company with a significant edge over their competition when trying to win bids for federal, state, and local government contracts. This information will be provided by a fellow Veteran who is also a former Small Business Owner, and now the SBA Veteran Business Officer.

The event is free to Veterans and their spouses. Space is limited, so interested entrepreneurs must register in advance by calling William Hori at (559) 487-5791 or emailing Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities, if requested at least one week in advance of the program by using the same contact information.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Provides Special Veteran Workshop in CA: By Debbie Gregory

SBA extends loan programsRecently, the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that fee relief for small business loans made to Veterans will be extended through fiscal year 2015, and that programs for its Veterans Advantage program will be enhanced.

Last year, the SBA implemented its zero-fee loans for Veteran owned small businesses on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less. This benefit was supposed to expire on September 30, 2014. The continuation of the loan relief was slated to extend from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

“We zeroed out fees on loans of less than $150,000 to any 7(a) borrower because we don’t want SBA fees to be an impediment to getting capital out to communities where it can make a game-changing difference, especially to our underserved communities, who use these small dollar loans more frequently,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “We also owe a debt of gratitude and so much more to our service men and women, and veterans who are the cornerstone of small business ownership. This fee relief will continue to help veterans business owners who grow their businesses, create jobs in their communities, and put their training and passion for our country to work in their neighborhoods.”

As of the middle of September, the SBA had guaranteed more than 28,800 loans under $150,000 for a total of over $1.74 billion in FY 2014. These totals are up from FY 2013, when the SBA guaranteed $1.34 billion for 23,337 loans under $150,000.

For loans larger than $150,000, the SBA will continue to offer an annual servicing fee at 0.519% of the guaranteed portion of the outstanding balance of the loan. The upfront guarantee fee will continue to depend on both the amount and the maturity of the loan.

The SBA will also continue to offer zero upfront guaranty fee on all SBA Express loans to veterans, on loans of $150,000 up to $350,000 through FY2015.

One of the other enhancements that the SBA is implementing is the upfront guaranty fee for non “SBA Express” loans $150,000 up to $5 million, which will be reduced by 50%. There is no reduction on the annual servicing fee for loans over $150,000.

The SBA determined that 70% of its loans made to Veterans are $350,000 or less. In FY 2014, the SBA had guaranteed 153 loans for $38,861,900 through its Veterans Advantage program. Fee relief for these loans resulted in savings to borrowers of about $571,000.

For further information on all SBA programs and services, visit the SBA website at, or contact your local SBA field office.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Extends Loan Programs: By Debbie Gregory