In this section, you will find some of VIP’s education opportunities and suggested resources for new companies interested in expanding into the federal marketplace.
VIP START & GROW Resources
U.S. Small Business Administration:
The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation's only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC):
VBOCs provide assistance in identifying and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success.
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center:
Dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.
The System for Award Management:
The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to: Register to do business with the U.S. government, Update or renew your entity registration, Check status of an entity registration, Search for entity registration and exclusion records.
Military Reservist Loan
If you have an essential employee who is a military reservist called to active duty, SBA provides loans to help eligible small businesses with operating expenses.
VIP INTERNATIONAL Resources
Conducting business internationally can be a daunting experience, but many small businesses have great success expanding overseas. Successful companies learn many lessons through trial and error in addition to spending significant time doing market research. With the help of our knowledgeable and experienced VIP Instructors, the following resources have been collected to help expedite your company’s international success. Please take advantage of these resources so you will be prepared to meet the challenges of the international market.
World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Guide:
Look up your targeted market for good detail on procedure, time and cost across 10 separate aspects of business regulations.
The International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce:
The International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce manages this global trade site to provide access to ITA information on promoting trade and investment, strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.
The Commercial and Business Affairs division of the U.S. Department of State provides assistance to U.S. firms seeking help with business problems abroad by coordinating the Department’s advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies, connecting American firms to resources at U.S. embassies, and identifying commercial information and market opportunities for the U.S. business community.
VetsGoGlobal is a Veteran led initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service whose focus is to educate and inform U.S. Veteran-owned businesses on the export process and international business opportunities.
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