Small Business Loans & Grants for Veterans

Small Business Loans & Grants for Veterans

Small Business Loans & Grants for Veterans

Veterans help fuel American small business. However, they face significant challenges that can make it more difficult to grow their businesses and get financing. Here we’ll share options for veteran business owners to get the help and funding they need to start and grow their businesses. 

First, a few important observations, according to SCORE’s report, The Megaphone on Mainstreet: Unsung Entrepreneurs

  • Veterans represent 9.1% of all American small businesses and generate $1 trillion annually in receipts. 
  • Veterans are 35.4% more likely to start their business to supplement their primary income.
  • They are 23.3% more concerned than non-veterans about financing 
  • Nearly 42% of the veteran business owners surveyed have a service-related disability. Many note the obstacles they face due to disability or bias.

One bright spot? That same report found that online lenders approved veterans’ requests for funding twice as often as non-veterans.

Qualifications for Veteran Business Loans and Grants

Generally, to qualify for small business loans or other government opportunities for military veterans, you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Honorably Discharged Veterans (some grants may specify a particular conflict or time period, e.g. post-9/11 era)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans
  • Active Duty Military service member participating in the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Reservists and National Guard Members; or
  • Current spouse of any Veteran, Active Duty service member, or any Reservist or National Guard member; or widowed spouse of a service member who died while in service or of a service-connected disability.

Small Business Loans for Veterans

An SBA loan should be on your list of loan options to consider for your veteran-owned business. These loans carry attractive rates and terms for those who qualify. 

SBA Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is not a lender (with the exception of SBA Disaster Loans), but insteads guarantees loans made by participating lenders, such as banks and non-profit Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 

If you’ve seen the term “VA SBA loan,” you may think that the VA makes SBA loans, but it does not. In fact there is no VA SBA loan program. In the past, there was a program specifically for veteran entrepreneurs called the Patriot Express Pilot Program. However, that program was discontinued December 31, 2013. It provided loans of up to $500,000 to veterans and their spouses.

However, there are a number of SBA loan programs that are available to all qualifying small business owners— including veterans— and there are some special breaks on fees for veteran business owners. The main SBA loan programs are: 

  • 7(a) loans, including 7(a) Small Loans
  • SBA Express loans
  • 504 CDC loans
  • SBA Microloans

You’ll find a complete guide to SBA loans here

You may have heard of the SBA Veterans Advantage program. In 2014, the Obama Administration waived the up-front, one-time loan guaranty fee for veteran loans under the SBA Express program (loans up to $350,000) from January 1, 2014, through the end of fiscal year 2015. This program was known as Veteran’s Advantage. While that program expired, subsequent legislation provided fee relief for veteran-owned businesses. Most recently, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) essentially permanently dropped that fee for SBA Express loans to zero. This benefit makes these loans even more attractive for qualified borrowers. 

If you are interested in SBA loans, you’ll need to work with a lender that is approved by the SBA to make them. Keep in mind that while lenders must ensure these loans meet the SBA’s minimum requirements they may also have their own requirements, as long as they don’t discriminate against borrowers on a prohibited basis. That means you may have to shop around a bit to find the right SBA lender to work with. 

Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL)

The Military Reservist Loan program falls under the SBA’s disaster loan umbrella, so these loans are made by the SBA. With MREIDL, if an essential employee has been called to active duty, a small business may qualify for one of these loans for up to $2 million. (The SBA will calculate the loan amount based on economic injury.) These are low-rate loans with terms of up to 30 years. 

Funds from this loan program can be used to “provide the amount of working capital needed by a small business to pay its necessary obligations as they mature until operations return to normal after the essential employee is released from active military duty.” Learn more and apply at SBA.gov

Hivers and Strivers Angel Fund & Veteran Capital for Veterans

Veterans looking for investment capital, rather than a loan, should check out the Hivers and Strivers Angel Fund. It has invested solely in businesses led by veterans and many of the entrepreneurs they have funded are service academy graduates. Moving forward, Venture Capital for Veterans will continue to invest in businesses led by those who have served in America’s Armed Forces so that’s where you will go to apply. Investments range from $200,000 to $500,000. Among the requirements, your business must be beyond concept stage, positioned for significant growth and be led by a veteran. 

4 Other Financing Options for Veteran Owned Businesses

As we mentioned earlier, you will want to cast a wide net when looking for small business financing. In addition to SBA loans, consider these options:

1. Business Credit Cards 

Business credit cards can be an appealing option for startups as well as more established businesses that want the flexibility of a credit line they can tap when needed. The Megaphone on Main Street report cited earlier found that Veteran owners are more likely to tap business credit cards at a rate that is 26.3% greater than non-veterans.

2. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding lets you raise money online from backers who are interested in supporting small businesses. There are several types of crowdfunding available, including:

  • Rewards-based: You offer a tangible reward for those who contribute to your campaign
  • Equity-based: You give others the opportunity to invest in your company, often by offering shares in your company.
  • Lending-based: You borrow money that will be repaid back. 
  • Donor-based: You solicit donations from those who want to support your business. 

Finding the right platform and crafting an effective campaign takes work, but the fact that you have served in the U.S. military may be appealing to some backers on these platforms. 

3. Microloans

If your business needs a smaller amount of funding (usually $50,000 or less) you may be able to get a microloan through one of many Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) or other nonprofit organizations. The SBA also has a microloan program, where the average loan amount is about $14,000. 

Many microlenders strive to assist traditionally disadvantaged entrepreneurs, including veterans, so you may find a warm welcome. It will take some research to find the right lender, though, as these organizations don’t typically have large marketing budgets. Learn more about how to get a microloan here

4. Online Loans

Good news here: The Megaphone on Mainstreet report found that online lenders approved veterans’ requests for funding twice as often as non-veterans. There are many online small business lenders offering a variety of different types of financing options ranging from term loans to lines of credit to equipment financing. 

Small Business Grants for Veterans

Grants are coveted by small business owners because those funds don’t have to be repaid. Searching for grants can take as much work as searching for new clients or customers,  however, and the outcome is never guaranteed. So while searching for small business grants for veterans may be part of your strategy to fund your business, don’t overlook other sources. 

Here are several sources for veteran grants worth investigating: 

Grants.gov

This is the official site for searching for government grants. It is free to both register and use. Federal government grant opportunities will be listed at Grants.gov. There are numerous opportunities listed so plan to take time to review grant opportunities to see whether they may apply to your business. 

Grantwatch.com

This site continually updates available grants, and you can search by many different criteria. You’ll want to spend time researching as many as possible to identify opportunities that may apply. There is a subscription fee to access the Grantwatch database and you can join for a short period of time to see if it’s a good fit. 

Streetshares Foundation 

The StreetShares Foundation presents the Military Entrepreneur Challenge in partnership with the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program. This competition will choose 8-15 finalists and then award prizes of $15,000 (first place), $6000 (second place) and $4000 (third place). Learn more and enter here

Nav’s Small Business Grant

Nav understands the challenges of starting, financing, and running a small business. To give small business owners a lift, Nav offers a quarterly $10,000 small business grant. While you don’t have to be a veteran to apply, veterans have participated and been awarded grants in this competition.

Free Help For Veteran-Owned Businesses

While it may be challenging to secure free money for your business, you can get free expert help from several organizations that want to help veteran business owners succeed. Here are several you can tap: 

Veteran Business Outreach Centers

A program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. 

Free services include pre-business plan workshops, business plan preparation, comprehensive feasibility analysis, entrepreneurial training and counseling, mentorship and more. Find your VBOC here

Launch Lab Online

Launch Lab Online is a program of Bunker Labs. It offers an all-online educational platform with a gamified, interactive way to get an entrepreneurship education — from anywhere in the world, on your time, at your own pace.

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers potential assistance to businesses owned by economically disadvantaged individuals through their Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Program. Their goal as a department is to provide these businesses with as many government contracts as possible. While these are not government grants or loans, these contracts could mean money in the bank if your business qualifies.

Be sure to register with their office. Once your business has been verified, it will be added to their directory of small businesses and could be called upon for a government contract.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

How much money can you get as a VA business loan?

VA loans generally refer to loans guaranteed by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Many veterans are familiar with the VA home loan program for mortgage loans to qualifying veterans. However, there are no VA small business loans made through the Veteran’s Administration. The VA does not make or guarantee small business loans, unfortunately. 

Are there grants for veterans to start a business?

The vast majority of small business grants are made to existing businesses and not to startups. To get a grant, you will generally need to have a business that is already producing a product or service to apply. As a reminder, neither the federal government nor the VA offer grants to start a business. 

Can I get a veteran business loan with bad credit?

Although veteran small business owners can find financing with a less-than-perfect credit profile, expect to pay higher interest rates with shorter terms. To give you an idea of what’s available outside the SBA, here are some things to consider.

  • Qualifying for a conventional bank loan will usually require a personal credit score above 680 (preferably into the 700s)
  • Online lenders typically require a personal credit score of 600 or better (although some will go lower)
  • Most non-traditional lenders, like online lenders, will require at least a year in business (although there are some that will accept six months), $100,000 in annual revenue, and sufficient cash flow to service debt.
  • Specifically identified collateral is not a requirement for many non-traditional lenders, but they will often require a general lien and a personal guarantee.

You should expect a strong personal and business credit profile will be necessary to get the best interest rates and most favorable terms when looking for a small business loan.

In addition to financing, with a weak credit profile, you might want to consider crowdfunding as an option if your business or product has enough appeal to attract the support of the crowd. There are crowdfunding options that don’t require a strong credit profile and are solely based on whether or not you can attract the crowd to your business idea.

VA Business Loans and Grants Summary

While funding via grants or small business loans is often top of mind for any small business owner, there are other resources that can help veterans looking to start a business or level up. Veteran-owned businesses can seek out their local veterans business outreach centers for various resources for veterans, including training programs for adjusting to civilian life, technical assistance, business training, and other tools that may not be available at traditional small business development centers.

They may also have more information on VA loans including VA business loans, various grant programs, and ways to help your business dream get rolling.

This article was originally written on January 16, 2020 and updated on July 12, 2021.

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Gerri Detweiler

Education Director for Nav

Gerri Detweiler is Education Director for Nav. Known as a financing and credit expert, she has been interviewed in more than 4000 news stories, and answered over 10,000 credit questions online. Her articles have been widely syndicated on sites such as MSN, Forbes, and MarketWatch. She is the author or coauthor of five books, including Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track. She has testified before Congress on consumer credit legislation.

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150 responses to “Small Business Loans & Grants for Veterans

  1. Great information. Appreciate the article.
    I’m a 100% VA Disabled Veteran. My wife has a successful business and is looking at adding a piece of equipment to enhance her business. The equipment would cost approximately $30,000. Is there a grant / loan that she is able to apply for?

    Thanks

  2. Good information. This Article helped me a lot. It provided me with direction on acquiring a VA SBA Loan or Grant.

  3. I have an exceptional business plan and have presented to a few organizations about funding. They all, it was just one, agreed that it is extremely viable and has great potential especially in the region that I am in but my debt to income (a lot of student loans a lot) along with my income would not allow them to grant me the community based loan. The vase majority of the loan is to pay for equipment. I have been licensed and registered for over 5 years as a SRDVSB, Minority Owned and HUBZONE business. I just can’t break through this wall.

    1. Vernon – You are certainly welcome to reach out to Nav’s Credit & Lending team to see if they have options for you. (No pressure.) Another option may be crowdfunding.

  4. The following statement in your article can be misleading and contribute to a myth I’ve often heard that one needs to be in business for three years to get an SBA loan:
    “If your personal credit score is below 650, it is unlikely you will qualify for a loan, otherwise there are some additional documents you’ll need to complete you loan application in addition to your veteran-related documentation.

    At least three years of business and personal tax returns”

    The reality is SBA guaranteed loans are intended to help new and emerging small business, and if they are less than three years old, the SBA relies on projections, If older than three years, they will not accept projections and require three years of financials. Important to understand this.

  5. I’m a 50 percent disabled vet , I’m trying to start a hot shotting trucking company , I went through a bad. Stretch few years ago and ruined my credit , I have a business plan and break down now I just need a chance to work it

  6. I’m US Army disabled combat veteran. My credit is awful but I want to start a guitar building and repair company from my home of residence. But with my luck it probably won’t happen or my credit is so badly.

  7. You know I’m so tired of the stress and seems as if dead ends. Reading all of this off the dribble stopped me in my tracks. But, pushing forward hopefully things will change. Credit isn’t great. I thought I can get a little bit more help advancing my small lawn care business

  8. I am a retired veteran and starting a small restaurant and would like information on Grant’s. I also have a 90% disability rating through VA

  9. I am A retired Vet and a 100% disable vet as well. I have a small furiture store In Weatherford TX and we rent the building from the owner which wants to sale us the building. Would I quailfy to take one of these loans? I have never done anything like this and was needing some insight.

  10. Interesting but more fluff than info. I am a disabled vet that happens to be a minority. No idea where to look after reading this.

    1. Mr. Johnson, Feel free to reach out to Nav’s Credit & Lending team. They will be happy to discuss your options. (It helps if you have a free Nav account but it’s not required.)

      1. I’m trying to purchase a bar. I’m 100% disabled through the VA. What’s out there available to help me.

        1. Patrick – We hope you’ll find the resources in this article helpful in your search but ultimately you’ll need to research the ones in the article that are of interest to see if they are a fit for your goals.

  11. So you are looking for details of different grants available for army veterans who want to establish thier own business especially in Security sector

  12. Looking for a grant for a future security transportation company in the cannabis industry in Texas. I’m a disabled veteran who is in need of some information please.

  13. I would like to start a welding business in my Hometown. Start up cost will be minimal. I need a shop and over tools necessary to serve all of my customers, that I know I will have. Who do I talk too!

      1. I am a 100% Service-Connected, disabled veteran and currently seeking guidance and capital to begin as an entrepreneur primarily in All Areas of Investment, Credit Services, Establishing and Maintaining Great Credit, Credit Repair Services, Etc. My primary concern as well as a summary of The Mission Statement for My Business Plan is to provide Education, Connections with appropriate resources, and Guidance to Individuals who were NEVER HELPED IN ACHIEVING THE FINANCIAL SKILLS THAT ARE SO VITAL TO A PERSON’S SUCCESS enabling them to Take Part In The American Dream of Being Successful, Proud, and Independent.
        The large number of people who unfortunately meet this criteria are those Americans of Color (Black Americans) and those who were in low Socioeconomic Groups of Society

    1. I’m a disabled vet, I lived and worked in manufacturing.
      My recent though has been a Manufacuring Business
      the business would veterans with the right skill or can be
      trained. I was in aviation while in service, later on got
      Into manufacturing and product developing.
      I live in Arizona and would require sell and move to,
      I’m thinking Laughlin or Bull Head City area, because
      of location (Colorado River and Lake Mead). Yes the
      Product floats, type of boat , lot of welding(made
      Primarily of aluminum.

  14. Are there any disabled veteran owned small business grants for existing businesses affected by COVID? Not interested in a loan…

    1. Hello,

      I am a veteran seeking start up capital $30,000-50,000 for my online Amazon FBA business. The roadblocks I’m faced with are low credit scores 580 and because it would be a new business there is no business history to secure the loan. How can I get funding without the latter information?

  15. i am the founder of Strings4vets.com we are in the process of setting up veterans with Direct to Garment printing company .. we need help in setting up the loans or grants for veterans. loan cost to set up a company for a vet is $15,000 to $25,000.. we set up the graphics for the Vet to make sure they are profitable from day one. help help please go to strings4vets.com to learn more about program

  16. is there someone I can speak with over the phone directly instead of through texting or emails to discuss starting a nonprofit organization as a disabled veteran

  17. Hello I ‘ve been trying for years since I got out and the response was my credit rating not hood.But when I first had finished my time in service my credit wasn’t bad at all because I was young then and just released from the Army.The only thing I keep asking for is a Grant to start a business selling household and electronic goods.Just something small to start.I just want to buy in bulk and sell.Can you help me?

  18. Hi, I am a veteran and have served 9 yrs in the Navy. I ‘d like to know if it’s possible to apply for a loan so that I can buy me a slightly used semi truck because I want to become a contractor driver.

    1. My best advice is for you to set up a free Nav account and see what kinds of financing options are available to you. It is harder for startups to get financing but since the loan will be secured by the truck you may have options if you have good credit. Thank you for your service.

  19. I’m 38 at 50 percent service connected I just dunno where to start to get funding, I’m a superintendent on a pipeline and a great metal fabricator , id really like to
    Work for myself I seem to keep making everyone else rich , I just dunno how to get the help to get started , have 20 years to experience

    1. Nav does not offer those services. You may want to reach out to your local Veteran Business Center or SBDC to find out about local resources. Visit SBA.gov/tools to find your local SBA resource partners.

  20. I’m trying to find next steps for the grant described below but when I click on link it brings to a general information page. I am the service disabled Marine & founder/CEO of the IM ABLE Foundation providing adaptive equipment grants, access to fitness opportunities and provide encouraging motivational environment for all. Been in business since 2007 and always working on ways to expand our reach to service more so would love to discover how to ego about applying for grants. Thank you!
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    7. VA Small Business Grants
    Meant for non-profit organizations, Department of Veterans Affairs Small Business Grants are aimed at helping military veterans get their operations up and running. Like any other grant money, this does not have to be repaid, but will require strict compliance on the part of your business. Be sure to review the guidelines before applying to be sure your business is in compliance.

  21. I am.a vet and would like to get either a loan or a grant to start a food truck in a small town in Nebraska. I have no idea how or where to get started but have a lot of experience in corporate run restaurants but want to strike out on my own. Any help would be appreciated.

  22. My work partner and I, have decided to open an elecrical company. We are both service connected Veterans and we plan to hire other Veterans once we become established. We have found a super brotherhood bond in one another that we have both expressed helps us push forward in our daily lives. Research is a constant, and the tasks are being handled equally. Our end goal is to help others like us have a more meaningful life after service.

  23. I have a problem, I served 45 years and I am also a disabled Veteran, I can be up and running with $750,000, and can make my own payment until then for as long as it takes, Why is it impossible to get any answers or HELP

  24. I’m 50%VA and P&T with SSDI in my mid 50’s and I’m wanting start a restaurant in University town where I can get added to meal badges as with preferred status as a disabled veteran in SC or Ga with starting an LLC from scratch. But, my son has experience in F&B with everything lined up . I have recipes that I’ve created that Chef’s and restaurant owners have wanted the recipe. I know it can affect my SSDI income but I go to the VA for all my healthcare anyway.. I have the key staff members available, chefs, managers and my son who’s done everything in a restaurant will eventually own the place. He’s recently has gone into a restaurant to manage that was doing $7500 a week in sales to $31,000. My background is direct sales , building territory and start ups with straight commission.

  25. I am interested in the grants, but not sure which one, I am service connected hard to find employment that lets me take breaks when im in pain. so ive decided to start my own business.

    1. Im a honorably discharged Vet. Im interested in building and operating a bowling alley, is there a Vet organization that may be able to assist me in my quest ?

  26. Hi

    I ‘m a retired veteran with 80% disability. I just completed a series of professional mechanic and bicycle frame building courses to help me start my own business in the bicycle industry. I need financial assistance to get equipment and inventory to get started.
    Thanks
    HM

  27. Retired Navy with service connected disabilities. Looking to take over a business that has been in service for 7 yrs. I’m looking for ways to obtain veteran loans/grants to purchase the business. I’ve been with company for 2+ yrs now.

  28. I am a marine corps veteran n a Christian man that since getting out in 2003 have been looking for a piece of land that god would bless me to find I found it it is owned by a navy veteran whom is dieing from agent orange… he has a piece of land that has a self sustaining cash flow n is interested in selling it to me to accomplish the dream of housing homeless vets and getting them back to work feeling like a true member of society. I believe I can give veterans a great place to live while earning n their own way a little more money a month than they have now.

  29. I am wanting to open my own business and have no money to start it up. I am looking for start up capital to build and supply my business. I am veteran rated at 70% through the VA. Is this something that I can get help with?

  30. Anything for businesses struggling financially, refinance options, loan deferments? My current creditor for my SBA loan, Celtic Bank has become very difficult to deal with.

  31. You know, it’s great and all that there’s services like this to help Veterans start up their businesses, but the term ‘startup” is very loose with these services. Most of these services are terms with “startup WITH 2 years in business,” or “startup WITH such and such credit.” I mean, you are aware there are Veterans who are trying their hardest from the actual “startup” stage, right? With most starting from living-on-the-street-rock-bottom and no business credit history. How does this help an honorably discharged Veteran, who’s 60% disabled, enrolled in the VR&E program AND currently attending additional workshops to find employment, while trying to get his production company business underway?

  32. Thanks for sharing all this valuable information. I am a Vietnam vet with an honorable discharge.
    I need a loan and or a grant for my start up business unfortunately I don’t have a 600 credit score.
    Where can I get help?

  33. I am a retired Army NurseI would like to know more about you. I never leave my SS # without knowing more about you. I am a 90% disabled Veteran. I have a medical nursing school that offers 10 fast tract certification classes. I also have been teaching Certification Nursing Assistant classes for 6 years and just added the other classes. I am also non profit. I need financial assistance with hiring a paying staff, and addition equipment.

  34. PRE-911 era veteran with zero capital and one fantastic idea for starting a small business writing mobile apps (I am a software developer). Single mother of two school age boys, receiving no child support. No family within 3000 miles (the military has a way of landing you far from home). Honorably discharged. Disabled but not service disabled. Excellent credit score but drowning in debt. I should have given up and claimed bankruptcy a long time ago. But I’ve just been too proud. I don’t fit neatly into any category. And yet, I somehow have fallen through the cracks.

    1. Amanda,

      I’m so sorry to hear how you’re struggling. Have you reached out for help? If not I’d encourage you talk to someone from your local SCORE chapter or SBDC office. They can provide help at no cost. Use the SBA local assistance locator to find the closest services to your area. Thank you so much for your service.

  35. I am a Navy vet, by trade I functioned as an electrical contractor. As a 100% disabled vet,I purchased a 119 year old building downtown.The historical preservation approach goes into the design, which has been approved by the authority having jurisdiction. Now need funds to purchase materials. The town has given me until May to complete repairs, as it has been condemned. This my piece of Americana, which I encourage all voters to engage. If not us,who?

  36. I am running a start up family run produce stand in Loganville GA. I am a USN veteran at 30% disability with a special needs 6 year old. I can’t seem to get any help from the government and although my business is staying above water, the fall and winter are very tough in this business. We only opened in middle August and had very good profit margins for the first month and a half. The spring and summer are no problem but a grant or loan to get me through the off season may be the difference between us failing or succedding. Any assistance would truly be a blessing.

  37. I have a small auto repair shop. I want to change it to a shop to teach veterans to be auto techs. I’m a honorably discharged veteran. I’ve been in business for almost 12 years now. I’ve been in auto repair for 38 years. I feel I’ll need help with workmen insurance. Is there any grant that I can apply for that will help with this venture.

  38. I am 90% service connected. I want to start my own military surplus store. I was told to try to start small by getting a kiosk in a local mall. Is there anyway to get start up capital in the form of a grant for that and then try to venture out to a franchise of Army Navy surplus . Would grants be available for that.

  39. My name is Ryan. I am a combat vet. I am going to school for gun smithing and want to use this grant money for a store front and new machines that will help me be ahead of any gun shop.

  40. I am a 60% disabled vet and looking to go into business with an established heating and air company. The business has great potential for expansion as the only other HVAC business in the county, which had about 80 employees recently was run into the ground by new, inept management. The business I’m looking to run has about $100K income per year with only one employee. Need help with buying a bigger shop, increasing employees and equipment. I would be the program manager with day to day management decisions. Is there a program out there that can help me with the costs?

  41. I am a veteran with no disability. I have an interest in creating my own plastic recycling business here in New York. I built my prototype of my own. I need help with funding

    1. I am looking to start an out reach program non profit. For disabled veteran. I my self am 100% veteran.
      To help veterans with how to get 100%.. How to interview for job.
      I am here in the Houston area
      I have no idea how to come up with a business plan.

  42. My name is Arturo, I am a 30% disabled rated veteran who is a teacher of 10 years. I currently have an opportunity to be apart of an acquisition of two hotels that are cash flowing and at 67% and 72% occupancy. I want to start my business in commercial/residential business….. I have 75% financing for acquisition and 15-20% equity partner. I need assistance in closing out the remaining 5-10% equity to close and was wondering if I could use some sort of VA SBA loan to help me get rolling. My Credit scores range from 637-689 Experian and Equifax respectively…… please advise and or direct me to potential avenues as I am looking to leave the classroom and build a business that will help impact communities and help assist vets with low income housing. Thank you for the time and consideration! Have a blessed day

    Arturo

  43. My name is Bobby White. I am a Navy Gulf War Veteran. I am currently not a business owner. I do have 7 different ideas for patents and production. My credit is good. I do not have any experience starting or running a business. Where would be my best starting point? I have researched patents and know the application fee can be expensive. I think i’m really looking for a financial partner to do a 60/40 split. Any ideas or suggestions.

  44. I’m a 100 porcent disabled veteran and I’m interested on getting a car customs industry I have a lot of experience and I do a great job at it. I’m just trying to find out how to get a grant to start my own business please

    1. Jose,

      My best suggestion for you is to find a mentor to help guide you through starting your own business. The Boots to Business offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration would be a great place to start. In addition, you can get a free SCORE mentor and get training at your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Here is the SBA local assistance locator to find a mentor. These are great programs I believe will be beneficial in many ways. You may be able to start your business without a grant, and you can find out about local grant programs through them.

      And thank you so much for your service to our country.

  45. I am a veteran and am looking to buy 2 or 3 triaxles to start my own fleet I have the work and a broker on board to keep the wheels turning I have been driving for years and would like to get my own I am tired of making other people’s dreams come true

  46. I’m a veteran and want to start a small pressure washer business. I would like to know are they any grants that can help me. I already have a few clients but want to Establish myself more into the business world.

  47. I am interested in finding out more about some of the grants that are available for starting up a project to help the men and women who have fallen on hard times by putting together a company that send them out around major cities ,picking up the trash that seems to be an eye sore,that never gets cleaned up.

    1. Eldon, It’s great that you want to help the less fortunate. There may not be grants specifically for the venture you want to start. You’ll need to use the resources listed in this article to start identifying opportunities that may be a fit.

  48. Hi! I’m a Disabled Veteran….100 percent disabled. I’m going to start a nonprofit boxing program for at risk youth and Veteran. Since I’m 100 percent disabled are there entitys out there that would help me write my business plan and obtain my 501c3? Thank you.

  49. Want to help my daughter build a funeral business. So veterans will be able to afford a decent funeral. I am a disabled Vietnam veteran.

  50. I’m a honorably discharged Navy veteran and I’m trying to get information on how to get a grant for a small business…

  51. All the Information looks good but I dis not see anything on there to help me know how do I get help.

  52. Am a veteran with a business one of my suppliers went bankrupt on me (Windstream) and has not paid us. I need emergency money to pay bills while I try to make up this non self imposed loss.

  53. I am a Marine Corp Vet, Honorably discharge. I started my business almost 2 years ago, but have 2 years of income tax for the business. I need a loan or grant to expand and get more equipment, or simply just working capital. I started my business with very limited funds, and still going by the grace of God. My biggest issues is cash flow, because some invoices are paid by insurance carriers, and the process can take up to 3 to 6 months or even up to 1 year. Where can I go to get advise / financial help.

    1. Congrats on making it to the two year mark with your business. That alone is an accomplishment! Nav is here to help you understand your financing options. We’re a marketplace, not a lender. Start by getting a free Nav account here. You’ll see financing options instantly but you are also welcome to talk with Nav’s Credit & Lending team. They can help you understand your options and figure out which ones are right for your business.

      In addition, I’d suggest you check out our free eguide and webinar that will also help you understand what may be available to your business: Where’s the Money? The Top Ten Sources for Financing and How to Qualify

  54. A service-connected disabled veteran and the caregiver of a service connected disabled veteran for many years. I have a home with land and want to create a place in which I can offer down time for caregivers whom I know need a break. Even though I had around the clock care, for my husband, I still found it difficult to leave and take a break from caring for my husband. Objective would include but not be limited to: over night stays, providing picnics, dinners, and a place in which families can enjoy carefree meals, games and treats to allow downtime. Would also provide social workers and counselors to help families understand it is best when other family members assist because one person can become burned out. Additionally, would like to provide assistance to caregivers in accessing the required care, equipment and services for their loved ones who have given so much but often times do not know where to seek assistance.

  55. I want to start my business as a travel writer. I have a business plan, a budget plan, a target audience, a target source and (most of) my own equipment, along with writing experience. What I don’t have is $$$ to get started. I am not interested in any loans. I am an honorably discharged veteran with a 4-year degree, but I owe big on student loans. What I also don’t know is how to get started. But the big problem is having $$$. What do you suggest?

  56. I am a disabled vet, who does security on the side and I am needing a grant to purchase a ride so I can do my job. I have limited income and my credit score is poor 500 to 600. Is there any help out there.

  57. I am a Honorably Discharged Navy vet with a service connected disability and with several disabilities.
    I have a beacon score much higher
    Than That is recommended.
    I am already getting my business started an have several clients and a Broker that I will meet with on the 28th of March 2019. I would like to speak with someone in regards to my Business. Thank you.

  58. I am a honorably discharged navy vet that is looking for info on starting my own business. Don’t know exactly where to start this process and who to talk to.

    1. Ms. Spencer,

      Thanks for your question. I want to clarify that we aren’t a grant-matching service. I’d suggest you start by talking to local advisors from your SBDC and SCORE to start your search and to get advice on putting together a business plan. Use the SBA local assistance locator to find free help in your area.

  59. Hello all,

    I am a 100% disabled Vet, I want to start up a drive though coffee shop and was wondering if there are any programs outthere that can help me fund my project any information would be great thank you.

  60. We are a service disabled vetetan owned
    Company. We will start assembling Led
    Lighting with our vetetan owned UL & DLC
    Certification
    We plan to offer our VeterNs a 3 year training
    Appreciate course for assembling ,testing ,and installing LED lights .
    We are looking for ideas for start up grant we need $1 million and have a business plan.
    In 5 years we plan to put 50 veterans under hands on training paying them a living wage.
    Disabled or handicapped welcome .
    WE ARE A VEYETAN POWERED COMPANY

  61. im looking to start my own automovitive detail shop and im 100% service connected and im still in the planning process and ill need help with start up

  62. I am a disabled veteran with a total disability rating of 100% rated as unemployable, (not able to retain gainful employment.) as it is stated under the unemployablility definition. My wife retired this year and is under 65 so all she has is her retirement from work. she stared a before and after school program to supplement her retirement, and it has taken off very well. However I have some older vehicles that we are using for the transportation part of this program, and we really need some newer equipment. The fact that this is basically a daycare type of business I was hoping we could find a way to get into some short term financing that would allow us small payments and a low interest rate. Our problem is we are overextended with our finances right now and it is hindering our expansion into this making this business impact our community as we would have hoped when starting this program. A grant would be great, but a small inexpensive loan would help tremendously, any suggestions would be helpful

  63. Hello,
    I have started my own LLC, obtained my EIN and tax paperwork. I have affiliated with legalzoom to help with this process. I am currently at the “SBL” stage and was curious about grants first (for obvious reason). I have spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and received my honorable discharge in 2013. My business is escape rooms. I know this may seem a fad, but mine are different; I want real life scenarios, historical rooms (John F. Kennedy, MLK Jr, etc.) We will also have an escape room for kids ages 7-12 years old (these rooms will not be locked) that last 30 minutes and is school subject specific; i.e, math, science, history, hand/eye coordination, and learning to work as a team, not knowing they are working as a team.
    I am 80% disabled, but does not hinder me from having a civilian job, so the VR&E business ownership track is not an option. I am currently looking into the SDVOSBP; but not sure where to go from here.
    There is already a location that I am looking to purchase (prior escape room) that has all the assets, so my 100k business loan will be for assets only, not entity.

    Is there anymore support or direction you can provide? I currently have a mentor from SCORE who has helped tremendously and the advice from legal counsel and accounting from legalzoom. If there is anymore data/info that someone could provide, I would be much obliged. Thanks!

    1. It sounds like you have a solid plan and it’s great you’re working with a SCORE mentor. Do you have a Nav account? If not, I’d suggest you get a free Nav account here then schedule a time to talk with our Credit & Lending Specialists to go over your options. No pressure at all, and they can help you understand what’s available. (Nav is a marketplace, not a lender, and we help business owners find financing from a variety of sources.)

      Wishing you the best for your business!

  64. My husband has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has a background in electronics, manufacturing maintenance mostly in the textile field. He is a Navy vet with a hearing disability and is unable to find an job with local employers due to his hearing loss.Many have said they can not hire him due to OSHA guidelines.

  65. Hi I’m female veteran, served in the Navy from 2003-2011, Honorably discharded and service connected disable. I would like to start my own business but I don’t know what are the steps to follow or how to go about it. I’m in New Jersey, Hudson county area to be more precise. I will appreciate any info/help you can send my way to get me started. Also, is it better to get and LLC lisence firt before applying for grants or it doesn’t matter?

    1. I would strongly encourage you to form your business entity (LLC, for example) from the start. If you don’t, it’s impossible to really separate your business and personal finances.

      But your question makes it sound like you are not quite at the state of launching your business yet. To get there, you can take advantage of free resources available through SCORE, SBDC, WOBC, and/or VOBC. These organizations all offer free or very low-cost consulting. Use the SBA local assistance locator to find help in your area.

      Thank you for your service and we wish you the best.

  66. My partner and I are trying to launch our IT Consulting organization. We are both service-connected disabled veterans. The company is woman owed she owns 52% of the company. For the most part we are trying to get grants or crowdfunding to launch our company. Also, we have register with S.A.M. and awaiting our CAGE code to register with SBA. We could use all the helpful advice.

  67. Hello, I am a Service Connected Disabled Veteran, located in West-Michigan, Looking for start up capitol. I am not begging for a grant, Just looking for a way to accomplish this largest of hurdles with no success.
    I have spoken with several individuals to get various perspectives and they have hall told me it is a need in every community.
    I am a traditional Veteran, past deployment bills and Bad credit. What can I do?

    Thank you!

    1. Dan,

      I’d suggest you first contact your
      Veteran Business Outreach Center. It’s in Flint so that may be too far for you to want to go in person, but I’d encourage you to find out what they offer. Secondly, Michigan has a great Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Nav has presented several webinars for them. I’d encourage you to reach out to them too. And finally check with your local SCORE chapter. Your goal is to connect with someone who can help you figure out how to make your business a reality. Use the SBA local assistance locator to find help in your area.

      And thank you so much for your service.

  68. i’am thinking about starting a small business (used cars). How do i get started? I’ve never done this before.

      1. Thank you Gerri,
        I have read your responses and they are very directive. My spouse and I have a small business for 3 years now and looking for grant to expand it. it is a Hair Salon

        1. Thanks for your kind words. In addition to looking for grants I’d encourage you to investigate small business financing options as well. Grants are great but there aren’t as many available as there are financing programs.

  69. I want to reopen my small cafe business that has been closed for two years. I am an Army Vet 1956,57,58 Hon discharge. What will I need to apply, and what is the min. loan SBA loan amount?

    1. Charles, the SBA guarantees a variety of types of loans, including microloans. (The average microloan is about $11,000.)

      There are so many different factors that go into loan approval, I’d recommend two things:

      1. Read our free SCORE eguide we created with various lending options: Where’s the Money? The Top Ten Sources for Financing and How to Qualify

      2. Sign up for a free Nav account then reach out to our Credit & Lending Specialists who will be happy to help you, no pressure.

      3. Get help from your local SCORE chapter or SBDC office. Use the SBA local assistance locator to find help in your area.

      I hope things work out for you and thank you for your service.

  70. My spouse is a veteran and we would like to find out about a grant and loan to open up our business . We want to start a new journey soon.

    1. Grants are great but I’d also encourage you to get a mentor and look into ways to start your business without just relying on grant money. Meet with your local Veteran-owned Business Center, Small Business Development Center or SCORE to get ideas on how you can get started.

      And feel free to check out the newest Nav small business grant!

    1. I’d offer the same advice I shared here with Peter and Lavaris – look for grants but don’t let that stop you from starting. Free help is available through SCORE, SBDCs, VBOCs and other organizations.