Community Navigator

A North Star for veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs.

Ready to start navigating your dreams of entrepreneurship but not sure where to start?

 Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF) Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) can connect you to the programs and resources you need to recover, grow, or start a business.

IVMF’s CNPP, part of an American Rescue Plan initiative launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides free access to a curated network of trusted experts, resources, programs and training, and one-on-one services designed to help you navigate your journey to small business success.

Positioning those who’ve served

Whether you are a transitioning service member, veteran, or military spouse, IVMF’s CNPP connects you to 15 partner organizations experienced in helping veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs thrive.

While IVMF and its partners are dedicated to guiding veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs, other SBA CNPP grantees provide support to a broad spectrum of underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs. You can learn more on SBA’s CNPP webpage.

Navigating the vast landscape

Small business ownership is a journey with a lot of unknowns, but veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs don’t have to travel it alone. Program participants can receive assistance in five key areas that are central to establishing and running a thriving business, including:

  • Business training and counseling:
    Connect with experts to help you make plans for your business and get the management and technical support you may need.
  • Financial literacy and loan assistance:
    Get help with financial planning as well as access to loans and state and local grants.
  • Government contracting:
    Find training opportunities and get assistance navigating the federal marketplace to ensure you are procurement ready.
  • Networking and mentorship:
    Find opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs or participate in trainings and events that can help you grow your business.
  • Legal services:
    Access resources to help you stay informed on legal topics and regulations you need to know as a small business owner.

IVMF’s CNPP partners provide a broad range of services, including but not limited to business operations and planning, capital readiness and credit counseling, grant and loan assistance and preparation, and corporate and federal contracting and procurement assistance.

All journeys begin with a single step

  • Complete the IVMF CNPP Intake Form to get assistance and connect with a partner organization one-on-one. IVMF or the partner you select will follow up via email and connect you with the support and resources you need.
  • IVMF CNPP Fact Sheet
  • IVMF CNPP Infographic

Still not sure if CNPP is right for you?

Send an email to and the program team will follow up as soon as possible.

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The Wayfinders

Click on our CNPP Partner Network members to learn more about the resources and services they provide.

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Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Iona University

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Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

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McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

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Military Spouse JD Network Foundation (MSJDNF)

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National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

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National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)

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Saint Joseph’s University

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The Second Service Foundation

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UTA ComNav

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West Virginia University Research Corporation

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Additional Resources

Get local assistance through the Small Business Association (SBA)

Access key resources, articles, videos, and data in the CEO Veteran Entrepreneurship Resource Library.

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