Three awards will be given:
Applicants qualify and apply.
After applicants have been submitted, the Foundation will choose 5-10 finalists. Based on five criteria below:
Finalist profiles are then posted on the Foundation website for public vote to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards.
Please see full award rules, terms, and conditions.
The deadline for the Veteran Small Business Award is April 7th, 2018 at midnight ET.
See what award winners from last year used their cash for.
The most important impact the Award had on me was directly due to the feeling that someone actually believed in me and my ability to grow my company in to something that will create jobs and opportunities for veterans, military spouses and moms in general. Something changed in me that day, I finally had a little capital to hire a franchise consultant and one year later I was able to sell my first franchise!
Angela Cody, USAF Veteran and Owner Major Mom, a home organization franchise business[fa icon="quote-right"]
This award provided a great social media opportunity. We were recognized by two other organizations, Colorado CleanTech Industries Association and the State of Colorado. Since we received the award, we've hired four other employees and two of them are Veterans.
Dennis Roark, U.S. Army Veteran and CEO Terra Ferma Inc., a provider of power and communications systems to the world’s most isolated locations[fa icon="quote-right"]
With the award, we were able to build and launch our new website and sales doubled in ONE month. Without this award, I can confidently say that we would no longer be in business. Because of it, we have created books for almost 2,000 military families and helped them explain deployments to their young children.
Bridget Platt, Marine Corps Spouse and CEO Daddy’s Deployed, a personalized children’s book company for military families[fa icon="quote-right"]
You don't necessarily have to be a veteran. If you fall under any of the below, you are eligible to apply.
What requirements must my business meet?
Three winners will earn an award each month. First place will receive $15,000. Second place will receive $6,000. Third place will receive $4,000.
Awards will take place on a repeating schedule.
Once all businesses have been submitted for the month, the Foundation will choose the finalists, which could be betweeen 5 to 10 businesses (depending on the number of applicants). Voting will be based on a weighted scale of five criteria:
The Foundation will announce the finalists on the Foundation Website and allow the public to vote for their favorite business. This gives each finalist the opportunity to share and to get as many votes as they can!
You can create a video through your computer or phone. Please keep it under two minutes. You will be judged on your:
Upload your video to YouTube or another online video sharing service and share the url on the application form.