Veterans & Entrepreneurship
are a perfect match.

Navigating the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for many returning veterans. For many, entrepreneurship has proven to be a viable next career path as the experience, discipline, and work ethic learned in the military provides a competitive edge for starting a business.

1.6 Million

Florida is home to more than 1.6 million veterans, the third largest population in the country.1

most friendly

Florida is the most
veteran-friendly state in the U.S.2


Veterans are 45 percent more likely to start a business than those with no prior active duty experience.3


Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is offered at no cost to qualified veterans.

  • 1 Fast Facts, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • 2 Florida TaxWatch
  • 3 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy

Program Details

To help translate the skills learned in the military to entrepreneurship, Veterans Florida and the Florida SBDC Network, in partnership with five institutions of higher education, have joined forces to offer the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The program provides an opportunity for qualified veterans to attend an accelerated, eight-week online course, six days of face-to-face instruction at one of five universities, followed by six-months of mentorship from professionally certified Florida SBDC consultants — all at no cost.

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The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program combines the resources and expertise of higher education and economic development to provide the ideal environment for veteran entrepreneurs to thrive. Thanks to funding support from the State of Florida, the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is offered to qualified participants at no cost.

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The military provides fantastic professional training. It teaches you leadership, accountability, and discipline. These are all traits that business owners need in order to be successful,” he said… “The FSBDC at UWF has had a tremendous positive impact on my business.

Doug Herrick, Co-Founder – SunFarm Energy

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