Veteran Entrepreneur Program

HELPING VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS LAUNCH AND GROW THEIR BUSINESS

The Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP), established in 2013 and in accordance with Texas Code Sec. 434.022. (2)(c), provides veteran entrepreneurs and veteran small businesses the tools they need to start or grow their businesses. Our team of consultants, who are veterans, business owners, and MBA graduates, are dedicated to your success and our program advisor ensures that our tools and processes help us deliver timely, quality services to veterans, family members, and survivors.

REQUEST A VETERAN VERIFICATION LETTER


Please send the following to vep@tvc.texas.gov 

*Before submitting documents, please read the Pre-Qualification Guide.

  1. One (1) of the following:
    1. DD214, Member 4 or Service 2 copy *Must show discharge status*
    2. VA Letter of Service Disability *Must show Branch of Service, Dates of Service, Discharge Status*
    3. NGB22 – Texas National Guard
  2. Legal documentation showing legal name if it differs from submitted military documentation (Example: Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change, etc.)

While we strive to complete each request promptly, we are experiencing a high volume of requests.  Please allow up to 30 business days for processing. 

If you do not have your DD214, you can request one from the National Archives at this link: DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents | National Archives

 

VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS LOGO

WHAT IS THE TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS LOGO?

The Veteran-Owned Business logo is the official veteran business branding program administered by the Texas Veterans Commission.  The logo informs customers the businesses are owned by U.S. military veterans and it allows veterans to differentiate their business in the marketplace.


ELIGIBILITY (all conditions must be met) HOW TO GET YOUR VOB LOGO DOCUMENTS YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE
  • Veterans of the U.S. Military and National Guard/Reserves
  • Businesses that maintain a minimum of 51% veteran ownership
  • Businesses that maintain a minimum of 51% management control
  • Businesses that are actively operating in Texas
  • Complete the “Connect with a Business Consultant” webform
  • Select: Texas Veteran-Owned Business Logo as “Main Reason for Contact” from the pull-down menu
  • Complete pertinent information relative to your military service and your business
  • A TVC VEP team member will contact you
  • Texas Secretary of State (SOS) registration letter with filing number, if appropriate
  • County DBA document, if appropriate
  • Documentation verifying veteran(s) percentage of ownership.  i.e. LLC Operating Agreement
  • DD214, NGB22, or VA Benefits Letter (note: non-matching names require proof of name change)
 

Veteran Entrepreneur Outreach and Advocacy

Services provided by the Veteran Entrepreneur Program:

1. Consultative services to help you from business start-up to exit:

  • Business Plans
  • Financing Your Business
  • Marketing Research
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Government Contracting
  • Exit Strategies

2. Business Partner Referral services allow VEP to connect veteran entrepreneurs to numerous specialists in all aspects of business. Additionally, referrals to 3rd party lenders ensure non-traditional options for financing.

3. Outreach and educational services to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners occur in collaboration with VEP business resource partners: the Small Business Administration (SBA), Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the SBA), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC), and others dedicated to the business success of veterans and their families.

Since program inception the VEP has assisted over 17,000 veterans with their dreams of business ownership. Why shouldn’t you be next?

 
 

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