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If you are a veteran thinking of starting a business, or you know a veteran interested in entrepreneurship, you should know that resources are available to help you start or grow your business. Premium Investors Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender (PLP), and we work with small business owners every day. The SBA has created programs specifically targeted to veterans, service disabled veterans, and military spouses across the U.S. and at military installations around the globe. Additionally, if you are a service-disabled veteran small business owner, you may be able to compete for government contract work that has been specifically designated for these types of businesses. (Source:

Resources for Veterans 

SBA Veterans Advantage: This is a loan program through the SBA that offers guarantees on loans approved to businesses that are at least 51-percent owned by veterans or military spouses. If this is a program you’d like to learn more about contact Bernie Dandridge at

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNF: The SBDC is a sponsored entity of the SBA and provides resources for veterans and other small business owners.

Veterans Business Outreach Center: The SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Center for Florida is located in Panama City Beach, and is available to serve First Coast veterans and military spouses. For additional information and support for starting, purchasing, or growing a business visit


Upcoming Events

Boots to Business Reboot: The North Florida SBA District Office hosts two-day training programs that provide an overview of business ownership, including how to build a business plan. The next one is November 15-16 at Central Florida College in Lecanto, Florida, and local veterans who are interested in learning more can contact the North Florida SBA District Office for more information.

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