We Help You Take Command


Your future is in your very capable hands. The Veteran Business Owners Initiative is an organization that understands the abilities of veterans and develops successful entrepreneurs.

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Our Mission Is To Help You Define Yours

For over a decade we have been dedicated to assisting veterans who face various physical and emotional challenges in running their own businesses.


Businesses Created


Members Across New England


SBA Loans


Empowerment Bank Loans

Hands-On Foundational Learning

Our tried and true programs put you first. Starting a business is never easy, but our systematic path will walk you through each step of the way.

Business Gym


Our 18 module program that covers core business functions. We’ll help develop your business plan and understand all of the marketing, financial, and legal aspects of starting up.

Batter's Box


Have you always dreamed of starting your own business, but aren’t sure where to start? This program will get you on the right track by helping you identify your passion and key skill sets.

Chance Gate


Nobody should feel deterred from reaching their full potential. The Chance Gate program is designed for veterans who deal with the mental consequences of being at war.

Venture Funding


The Empowerment Bank is our own non-profit, private bank that was created to provide veterans access to micro-loans. We also help with commercial lending for larger loans.

Saluting Success

Our veterans exemplify pride, and we’ve made it our mission to make sure that pride carries over into the successful businesses we help foster. These stories are what motivates us, and we can’t wait to tell yours.

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Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

20 year Navy Veteran Mark McCabe and his wife Rita got their business education start with the VBOA Business Gym and are helping more veterans to do the same.

Rhapsody's Victorian Coffee House

Michael Bernier bringing a touch of the old country, decadent pastries and gourmet coffees together through the help of the VBOI.

MAPS Appliance Repair

Paul Lanouette, appliance repair expert with over 20 years experience, turned to the VBOI for some additional insights to bring his business to the next level.

Riley's Sewlutions

Veteran Elizabeth Riley helped grow her adaptive clothing business by going through the 18 week module course in order to help create more garments to meet the physical needs of fellow veterans.

EyePal USA

Charlie Summers has been involved with the VBOI for many years getting inspiration, advice and ultimately world wide contracts for his invention.

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Dan Tereshko was medically retired from Active Duty and was immediately looking for the best way to “pay it forward” to those that also serve their country each and every day.

Let's Get To Business

Choose the location closest to you to learn more about how we can help you start your business.