Since 2012, the Pikes Peak SBDC has provided one-on-one business consulting and specialized training and programs for veterans and their families in the Pikes Peak Region.
We are dedicated to helping veterans become successful. We have consultants specializing in sales, marketing, government contracting, certifications and financials, many of whom are also veterans, to meet with you one-on-one, at no cost, to help bring your business to the next level. Contact us and let us know you are a veteran to schedule an appointment with one of our specialized veteran consultants.
Join us each year as we offer our Veteran’s Small Business Conference, which has been held in Colorado Springs since 2007. This event brings together subject experts on a variety of topics all aimed specifically at the veteran entrepreneur. The day concludes with a networking event and cocktail hour. Watch our events page for conference announcements or join our newsletter for monthly announcements in your inbox.
Thank you for serving our country. We’re here to serve you and your business venture.
Boots to Business
Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.
Please visit www.boots2business.org for more information. For class schedule inquiries, please call 315-443-0224.
NOTE: With valid ID, a veteran may attend any of the upcoming classes at any of the locations.
Grants & Funding
- Federal grants have to be posted on grants.gov. However, most agencies do not have a granting authority from Congress to provide grants to individuals or for-profit entities. Most are SBIR/STTR awards. A few are not, but they are not structured to just give the grant money to veteran-owned small businesses.
- In addition to grants, the government also has the ability to take funds and arrange challenge competitions where individuals and organizations can compete for an award, and if chosen as the winner, it works like a grant. Currently, many of the branches of the military have Challenges up, therefore likely veterans may have more institutional knowledge on how to solve the problem.
- The Veteran Affairs’ Veteran Entrepreneurial portal serves as a good starting place for most veterans on different opportunities.
- The Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) has a new loan program created to support U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families (surviving spouses and children of veterans) in Colorado. VALOR will provide discounted loan rates and extended terms for military veterans who are unable to secure financing through traditional banks. The VALOR loan program offers loan amounts up to $500,000 for working capital, equipment, inventory, property improvements, business purchases and commercial real estate. The program offers a loan rate that is discounted 2% from standard CEF rates with loan terms of up to ten years and interest-only periods of up to six months.
- The Street Shares Foundation has been offering small grants to Veterans.
- Patriot Boot Camp does entrepreneurial development workshops with funding opportunities based on pitch competitions.