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A Powerful Anchor for Economic Development
Veterans Are Getting Down to Business in Cape Coral.
Cape Coral is proud to be chosen as the home to the new Lee County VA Health Care Center, servicing the region’s population of 202,000 military veterans, in addition to the new Cape Coral Army Reserve Center.
These two regional destinations form the nucleus of the Cape Coral Veterans Investment Zone (VIZ)—a corridor of economic development in Cape Coral that also includes Diplomat Commerce Park, Patriot Plaza and Hope Hospice. This is a vibrant village for the community, patients, staff and visitors. The goal of the Cape Coral VIZ is to develop a campus of symbiotic businesses in an array of compatible fields and industries. Whether you choose to locate your business in the VIZ or elsewhere in the city, and you are a military veteran, explore these options for bolstering your enterprise.
U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development
To ensure that veterans, service-disabled veterans, Reserve and National Guard members, and their survivors or dependents receive special consideration in all its entrepreneurial programs and resources, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established an Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD). The OVBD develops and distributes key informational materials.
SBA’s OVBD is the liaison with the veterans’ business community for: policy analysis and reporting; for acting as an ombudsman for veterans in SBA programs; for providing business training, counseling and assistance; and for overseeing federal procurement programs. For more information or assistance with government contracting, go to: www.sba.gov/VETS/.
Veterans Business Outreach Center
The Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) provides online and face-to-face entrepreneurial development services for veterans and reservists, such as business training, counseling and mentoring, pre-business plan workshops, feasibility analysis, and referrals to additional resources. To learn more about the Veterans Business Outreach program, go to http://www.vboc.org/.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE, a free business mentoring is free service that is a resource partner with the U.S. SBA also provides targeted management assistance to veterans who are current or prospective small business owners. To learn more about SCORE, go to: www.score.org.
Lee County Veterans Services
The Lee County Veterans Services Office offers many services and encourages veterans to make an appointment to discuss any concerns. To find out more about the Lee County Veterans Services, go to: www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/VeteransServices.
Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation
This Cape Coral-based nonprofit was founded on the premise of “veterans helping other veterans in need.” The group is made up of veterans and civilians who volunteer their help, provide counseling and referrals, and offer job counseling, benefit assistance and guidance for veterans starting their own businesses. To learn more: www.veterans-foundation.org.
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