Best Business and Education Opportunities for Veterans and Active Military

May 31, 2010 at 9:25 am 1 comment

On this Memorial Day, we’d like to highlight members of the business and educational communities stepping forward to honor our military personnel with opportunities and supportive resources.

1. Veteran Entrepreneurs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has created the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), which is solely dedicated to assisting veterans in starting and building businesses.

  • Federal opportunities for veteran business owners here.
  • State and local opportunities for veteran business owners here.
  • See sample corporate participants offering contracting opportunities to veterans here.
  • Register or find a veteran-owned business here.

2. Veteran Students

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

  • Find Yellow Ribbon Program participants here.
  • Read about a sample university program here.

Suggested exercises.

If you’re a veteran or active military interested in entrepreneurship, here are some risk-free ways to explore:

1. Register for the Entrepreneur in the Classroom free curriculum.  Suggestion: Start with the “Entrepreneur in a Day” Powerpoint. Register for free entrepreneurship curriculum here.

2. Read these posts on free and quick tips for starting a business.

3. Check out  interactive games that deal with entrepreneurship here.

More information

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at  The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.

Related links:

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. SmallBusinessServices  |  May 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Great, i’ve ever think about it too. its like a great way for veterants…


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