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Taking Vets

Special programs are fighting for veterans starting businesses.

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This story appears in the August 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more soldiers are finishing their tours of duty and returning stateside. According to a recent study from the SBA Office of Advocacy, 22 percent of veterans are either purchasing or starting a new business, or considering it. Here are a few special programs aimed at helping veterans become entrepreneurs:

The SBA coordinates a number of programs, including training, counseling and helping veterans find financing for their businesses. The Veterans Business Outreach Program, for instance, provides business training, mentoring and counseling at Veterans Business Outreach Centers nationwide. For infomation, check out www.sba.gov/vets.

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