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Join us on April 10th from 5-7 pm for our VetBiz Social.  We will be at VR Center is located at 2012 Apperson Drive, Salem, VA.  Register to attend by clicking this link.   REGISTER HERE

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We're here to help you succeed 

VetBiz is a free Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program developed by the Roanoke Regional SBDC.  We have two primary goals: to advocate for and support veteran business ownership and provide access to resources and advice needed to start + run a successful business. 

With resources, connections, and a strong network forged on the web and in-person at live meet-ups, existing and aspiring veteran small business owners are made stronger and have more opportunities than ever before. 

In a nutshell, we help you build a better bottom line so you can get on with your big ideas.

Veteran owned businesses create jobs and circulate dollars locally. In turn, boosting our local economy and the heart of our communities. From certifying your business as veteran-owned, building financial resiliency, and learning new skills, we’re right beside you to help you bring out your best. 

Local VetBiz Members

Capital Formed

Revenue Increase

We are your sidekick through every stage of business.

Build a Business Plan

Let us help you craft a business plan that sets you up for success and ensure you are taking all of the benefits available to you as a veteran.

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Run Your Business

We'll help you with best practices, finance, budgeting, and technology needed to stay relevant in today's competitive market.

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Grow Your Business

We're here to help you get further faster. By navigating marketing, expansion plans, and new market opportunities, we've got your back.

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Buy or Sell a Business

Our certified advisors will help you assess options so that you get the best price on either end of the deal. We'll also get your finances in tip top shape.

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Learn a New Skill

Join us for a virtual, in-person, or on-demand workshop on skills you need to run your business. Tune in to social media @rrsbdc for events.

Join us for virtual events

Join a committee, come to a meet-up, engage with us on social media @rrsbdc, and add your business to our database coming in 2021.

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VetBiz Has Perks

Database Listing

We are excited to offer an extensive database of veteran-owned businesses in our region. The database will include a full business profile and public listing. If you’d like to be included, register as a founding member using the button below. Once approved you will receive a VetBiz logo to proudly showcase on your website.

VetBiz Newsletter

Get the hottest ticket in town delivered straight to your inbox. We typically do a mailing once a month with events, resources, and information you need to know. Register your business to start receiving this unique newsletter.

VetBiz Recognition

Proudly use the VetBiz logo on your website. You’ll receive a window sticker and lapel pin to show off to your friends. And for more fun, each year the Roanoke Regional SBDC gives a Small Business of the Year Award. In addition, there is a Virginia award for Veteran of the Year. Bring on the trophies!

Workshops and Meet-Ups

Workshops are offered monthly by the Roanoke Regional SBDC on topics that matter to existing and future entrepreneurs. On occasion, we host meet-ups to network and hear from prominent speakers.

Confidential Advising

Meet with a veteran business advisor to talk shop, review finances, strategize on growth, and plan for the future. Business ownership doesn’t have to be lonely after all.

Meet Your VetBiz Neighbors

I formed the farm as a way to help veterans, first responders, and their families living with post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or TBI.
Lois Fritz
New Freedom Farm
The military helps put things in perspective.
Todd Flood
The VR Center
My biggest advice to other veteran business owners is to. plan, assist, and anticipate. It's all about logistics.
Dominic Austin
Crusty Bark
Life gives us so many memories. I capture them for you so they don't fade.
Patrick Perkins

Support Veteran Business Ownership

If you'd like to help us support veteran business owners, sponsorship and marketing opportunities are available for all budgets.

Listen in on how these veterans think the military prepared them for business ownership
Join the conversation on social @rrsbdc and #vetbiz
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VetBiz Small Business Veteran of the Year Awards

Presented by the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

2002  |  Nathan H. Tanner
2006  |  David A. Diaz
2007  |  LTC J. Patrick Green (ret.)
2008  |  Manley C. Butler, Jr. 
2009  |  Charles R. Allen, Jr. Lt Col USMC (ret.)
2010  |  Dr. Garrett S. Thompson
2011  |  Ray Puckett, SGM US Army (ret.)
2012  |  Larry Lamanca
2013  |  Nancy Harms and William Holmes
2014  |  CDR Michael Leigh, USN, (ret.) 
2015  |  Bill Hume
2016  |  Paul Rhoades, Major US Army (ret.)
2017  |  Michael Shelton
2018  |  David Frackelton, US Army (ret.)
2019  |  Leslie and Christopher Mason
2020  | 
2021 | Philip Clements
2022 | Chris Desimone
2023 | Todd Flood

The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, along with the VetBiz program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by America’s SBDC, Virginia SBDC, and George Mason University. Our match funding is provided by local administrations, economic development offices, local organizations, and businesses that are all small business champions. Thank you to our host, the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. We currently serve the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, and Alleghany Highlands.