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News from our Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

In November, Business Advisor Jeff Smith partnered with the South Carolina District office in hosting the “Veteran Small Business Matchmaker Workshop” as well as the “Starting a Home-Based Business for Military Spouses” training courses in Columbia and at Shaw Air Force Base.  Meanwhile in Atlanta, Georgia’s VBOC Director, Jeremy Horstman spoke to Veterans and spouses […]


The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), a part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. August marks the one-year […]

Veterans Business Outreach Center making a difference

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is reaching veteran entrepreneurs and business owners across Georgia and South Carolina with its services and new initiatives. VBOC staff members Jeremy Horstman, Jeff Smith and Amanda Wynn continue to visit military installations to provide service members transitioning out of the Armed Forces with the valuable advice and insights […]

Veterans and Entrepreneurship

At first consideration the contrast between the structured life of the military and the freewheeling life of the entrepreneur do not seem to have much in common.  When looking back in history though, you can find successful entrepreneurs who had military backgrounds.  The late George Steinbrenner (1930-2010), for example, was a second lieutenant in the […]