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Boots to Business: From Service to Startup

The Veteran Procurement Assistance Center is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, advising and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.  While our procurement specialists can only help you with government contracting-specific issues, our colleagues at the Alabama SBDC have business advisors that can assist you in all other non-procurement related areas.

  • As a Veteran, what is my first step toward securing a Veteran set-aside contract, or to starting or growing my business?
    For questions about government contracting, contact a procurement specialist in your area.  For all other business questions, contact an SBDC business advisor.
  • What qualifies as a veteran-owned business?
    Your business is a Veteran-Owned Small Business if not less than 51% is owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.
  • What qualifies as a service-disabled veteran-owned business?
    If the criteria for a veteran-owned business are met AND the veteran has a disability due to his/her service, the business qualifies as a service-disabled veteran-owned business.
  • What is the minimum disability rating to qualify as service-disabled?
    There is no minimum disability rating.
  • What type of documentation do I need?
    To be considered a Veteran you must have your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) in order to prove your service in the Armed Forces. To be considered a Service Disabled Veteran you must have a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or your discharge paper from the branch of service you were in, stating that you have a service connected disability rating ranging from 0 to 100% disability
  • How do I get verified as a Veteran-Owned Business?
    Contact one of our procurement advisors for assistance.
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