Get ready to show your Veteran-Owned Business status. The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Program plans to launch a Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) recognition this fall. The program will provide a VOB logo designation for display on businesses, web sites and marketing materials.
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The value of social innovation and being a responsible and conscious business was the focus the recently completed the Social Impact Business Bootcamp, sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP). “I always knew that I wanted to use the business to help women in other countries, but now I have a plan to follow, and I have a better method for achieving that goal,” said a participant. Successfully completing the rigorous 4-week business training were veteran ... Continue Reading
The Big Ideas & Start-ups Entrepreneurship Academy, Small Business Academy and Social Impact Bootcamp are free, virtual, multi-week courses beginning August 24, 2020. Those interested must choose the course that best fits them and class size is limited. The courses are popular and Social Impact Bootcamp has already filled. They are sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission Veteran Entrepreneur Program and are lead by business professionals. The instruction courses are four to six weeks in length.
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The Army Airforce and Exchanges Services (AAFES) has a program that promotes the products and services of veteran owned businesses. The Exchanges Services Vendor Partner Program offers a marketplace for specialized and niche products from small, woman, and veteran-owned businesses. Short-term and long-term placements are offered. Under the Exchange Services Short-Term Program, veteran owned businesses can display and sell their products and services in the retail areas of the Post Exchange. To operate in a permanent location, small business vendors ... Continue Reading
USDA commits up to $16B in direct support to ranchers & farmers with business affected by COVID-19
Farmers and ranchers, those entrepreneurs in the livestock or crop producing industry affected by COVID-19, may qualify for financial relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA committed to providing $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and to assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and ... Continue Reading
The Texas Veterans Commission’s Entrepreneur Program offers the following tips and resources to small businesses to face the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business downturn.
Brainstorm creative ideas. Phone a friend, Zoom a business mentor, call a family conference. Do not underestimate ideas of young children and teens whose tech savvy ideas may be just the right out-of-the box idea that moves your business forward.
Review business finances and cash flow. What expenses can be cut, suspended, or ... Continue Reading
Texas veteran business owners are facing multiple challenges as entrepreneurs brought on by the Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency. For business owners, resources are available to help provide relief to the impact caused by the state of emergency including the following.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business guidance and loan resources. For more information click on SBA COVID-19 resources.
The Texas Women’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched the AssistHer COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant. The grant is to assist ... Continue Reading
Entrepreneur and Navy Veteran Kelli Mumphrey won the Women Warriors Winning the Business Battle Pitch Competition held in February. As winner, she receives a $500 line of credit to help fund her business, MilkSpace LLC. MilkSpace provides pop up, mobile spaces for mothers to nurse children in a comfortable, clean environment and includes breast feeding essentials for them. Mumphrey was inspired to start the business based on her own experiences as a mom. The business pitch competition was an event ... Continue Reading
Career chef Kemar Ballentine-Harris’ business dream became reality with the opening of his own restaurant, Wings of Waco, in January 2020. To help get his business started, Ballentine-Harris used the services of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP).
His culinary talent is indisputable, having prepared meals for former U.S. Presidents George Bush, Sr.; George Bush, Jr. and Barack Obama. His career further includes being a chef at the Ritz Carlton in Washington D.C. and on commercial cruise lines. ... Continue Reading