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Events and Seminars 


Free Legal Assistance for Veteran and Servicemember Business Owners with the University of Minnesota Business Law BIZVET Clinic

Where: University of Minnesota Business Law Clinic, Minneapolis

About: Servicemembers and veterans have the opportunity to receive free legal assistance from University of Minnesota Business Law Clinic students. Law students are supervised by experienced business law and corporate group attorneys from local law firms. Areas of legal support will start from the very beginning steps of business formation, management and governance to the creation and interpretation of contracts and agreements.

Veterans wishing to form a new business must have a completed business plan. Approved business plans will then be recommended to apply for the Business Law Clinic legal service opportunity. Ten slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Info: Application

Contact: Mr. David Fisher at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Maj. Lyndsey Olson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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ACP AdvisorNet
A free Q&A site developed for current and former military Servicemembers and their immediate family who seek business advice from experienced professional across the country.
More Info: Flyer  - Website


AdviCoach - Small Business Coach and Advisor

AdviCoach has a passion for and commitment to helping veteran business owners achieve success and meet their business and personal goals. Receive a free 90 minute complimentary coaching session.

More Info: Veteran Owned Small Business Dangers     Flyer


Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service.

More Info: Website


KeliComm Headshots

In appreciation, KeliComm Headshots is offering a 10% discount on business photography for military personnel and veterans.

More Info: Flyer   Website


Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Provides assistance to small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who may qualify for the 8(a) Business Development Program.

More Info: Website


Operation Endure & Grow

New online training experience focused on the fundamentals of launching and/or growing a small business, offered by the Whitman School of Management in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The eight-week training program is open to National Guard and Reserve members as well as their family members.

More Info: Website


Patriot Express Loan Program

Provides members of the military with a faster turnaround from the Small Business Administration and less paperwork for the lender and the borrower on loans up to $500,000.

More Info: Website


The Minnesota District of SCORE, "Counselors to America's Small Business," is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation's small business. SCORE counselors can help take some of the mystery out of getting started and taking control of your business.

More Info: Website


Small Business Administration

Works to protect, strengthen and represent the interests of the nation's small businesses within the Federal Government. Their "Getting Veterans into Business" initiative provides many resources to help veterans succeed in business.

More Info: Website and Getting Veterans Into Business and SBA Financing Programs.


Small Business Development Centers

SBDC counselors provide one-on-one business counseling and group training to existing small business owners and entrepreneurs.

More Info: Website


Smart Start for Business

Held monthly, and offered at no cost to veterans by the University of St. Thomas, these classes for start-up businesses help individuals take their business idea and transform it into an actual business. In the billing section of the registration page, check the box "Purchase Order"  and enter the code "VETERAN' in the "PO#" box.

More Info: Website


Veterans Small Business Seminar

The Veterans Small Business Seminar launched in late 2010. Below are some resources from the event, presented in corporation with Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Development, and the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE.

More Info: Small Business Office Presentation

                What You Need to Know Presentation 



Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative

If you are interested in franchising and seeing if it fits into your personal and professional goals, take a look at the VetFran Toolkit. You'll get a deeper understanding of franchising, a finance assessment, even receive advice from an experienced franchise professional.

More Info: Flyer


Vetrepreneur Mentoring

This professional service is provided to veterans interested in starting their own veteran-owned small business or service-disabled veteran-owned small business. The program takes veterans through the certification process and helps them go after contract opportunities.

More Info: Flyer


Women Business Centers

Two centers providing business information and counseling to women business owners.

More Info: NE Minnesota and Metro Area





































Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:59