Our Mission

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) at Mississippi State University (MSU) mission is to create America's next generation of veteran and military spouse small business owners. The VBOC at MSU's focus is to contribute to the success of members of the U.S. military community including transitioning service members, veterans, reservists, national guard members, and military spouses with programs and services to start, grow, and expand their small business. The VBOC at MSU serves veterans and military spouses in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business enterprise.

There are 28 VBOCs around the country (sba.gov/vboc), with the VBOC at MSU established in 2015. The VBOC at MSU serves active duty transitioning service members as well as guard, reserve, veterans of all eras and military spouses in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

On this website you will find a link to sign up for business counseling and information on a variety of training events and how to register for Boots to Business and Boots to Business | Reboot and workshops on topics such as entrepreneurship, financing (Become Lender Ready), Government Contracting, and Social Media. More training and resources can be found at SBA.gov

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The U.S. SBA would like to announce a new program called Military Spouse Pathway to Business!

Military spouses make great entrepreneurs, and small business ownership can be a transportable vocation that supports frequent relocation-part of the landscape for many military families.

The Pathway to Business course introduces military spouses to the key elements of entrepreneurship at no cost. Whether you are generating ideas or already have a solid business concept. this curriculum leads you through the key steps for evaluating business concepts, and provides the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. In this course, military spouses are introduced to a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial business topics such as market research, economics, legal considerations, and finances.

You’ll also learn about additional resources available to military spouses for accessing startup capital, receiving technical assistance, earning contracting opportunities, and more.

Join us for the first Military Spouse Pathway to Business class beginning August 29th!

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