New York State Small Business Development Center

New York State

Veterans' Business Outreach Center Program

2013 National Award Winner for Veteran Business Outreach Centers


A Call To Action

If you are a veteran and you want to work for yourself, the NYS Veterans' Business Outreach Center (VBOC) can help you start your own business. If you are a veteran currently running your own small business, VBOC can help you expand and strengthen your business.

VBOC provides targeted business training, counseling, and mentoring to help you start and grow your small business. Our Business Advisors can help you improve profitability, expand market share, explore export opportunities, and provide valuable assistance in terms of establishing your business on a stronger organizational and financial footing.

The Veterans’ Business Outreach Centers were created by the U.S. Congress to enable men and women who have served in the Armed Forces to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by owning and operating their own business. Service disabled veterans are especially encouraged to use these services.

VBOC Services

The Veterans’ Business Outreach Center provides the following services free-of-charge:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Pre-business plan workshops
  • Business concept assessment
  • Business plan development
  • Comprehensive feasibility analyses
  • Business-to-business commerce
  • Entrepreneurial training and counseling
  • Financial guidance
  • Management assistance
  • Marketing assistance
  • Government procurement/certification assistance
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Participation in a network of veterans’ business owners

Mentorship Initiative

If you are a veteran running your own business, think about lending another veteran a helping hand by signing up for our Mentorship Initiative. Share your experience and expertise with another veteran who wants to start a business. For more information, please call 631-370-8890.

Operation Boots to Business


Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. Boots to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SUís Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners, including the NY SBDC.

SBA and Defense Department officials are now expanding the Boots to Business program beyond transitioning troops to any service member at any time in their career. Military spouses also will be able to sign-up for the program, space permitting.

Register now to Boots to Business REBOOT: a free one-week lunch time program for veterans who want to start, expand or purchase a small business. Meets at the Watervliet Arsenal, Monday - Friday Sept. 28th – Oct. 2, 2015, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm – lunch provided at no cost.

Act Now

If you are a veteran looking to start or expand your business, call 1-800-732-7232 or e-mail

The Veterans’ Business Outreach Centers are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans’ Business Development (OVBD). The OVBD is established to help veterans become full partners in economic development through small business ownership. You can visit their website here.