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Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship

The Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship is designed to be, and function as, the hub of veteran business ownership. The COE unites veteran-owned businesses (VOBs), researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies in an organized effort to make transitioning service members, veterans, and their families successful business owners.


About the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship

We’ll create knowledge, share it, connect to others, evaluate and link resources, describe processes and partnerships, and more. We aspire to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem for to veterans and families by building business opportunities, careers, research opportunities, and by contributing to national goals for education, government, the private sector, veterans, families, communities and more.

Our Priorities

Research & Policy

  • Evaluate and assess research and policy
  • Organize current knowledge in the field of veteran entrepreneurship
  • Create and drive new and necessary research
  • Advocate using data to influence strategies and policies that will have a positive impact on business creation and growth for transitioning service members, veterans, and their families
  • Cultivate networks – evaluate current networks and take steps to close gaps and/or establish new networks

Education & Training

  • Design, develop, and deliver innovative programs
  • Create a clearinghouse for veteran-connected small business curriculum
  • Identify and disseminate best practices
  • Develop standards for veteran-connected small business programming and curriculum
  • Provide supportive services for stakeholders within the ecosystem – VOBs, employers, veteran entrepreneurship educators and others

Collaboration & Partnership

  • Serve as the bridge to connect all stakeholders and networks
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships
  • Create and connect supply chain opportunities
  • Mentor VOBs and other stakeholders
  • Establish consortium of educators and small business leaders

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One Stop Shop for Veteran Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship is to create, collect, organize, and share knowledge, resources, and networks to advance entrepreneurial opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. This is accomplished through the development and delivery of innovative programs and educational resources; timely and relevant research and policy analysis; and by cultivating veteran-connected ecosystems across the United States.

Veterans as Entrepreneurs

Veterans are 45% more likely than those with no active-duty military experience to be self-employed

Since 2007, the number of women veteran-owned businesses nationwide has grown by 295%

There are 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States