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Veteran Small Business Award sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Qualify for the Veteran Small Business Award


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How Do I Enter?

Our mission is to inspire, equip, and support veteran small businesses through content that makes you better business owners and awards that provide a boost of financial support to grow your business. We're accomplishing a piece of our mission every day. Follow these steps to qualify and apply for the Veteran Small Business Award:

  1. Download our current featured ebook, "The Ultimate Guide for Veteran-owned Small Businesses"
  2. Visit our blog and explore topics relating to your business
  3. Apply for the Award by submitting a summary of your business and telling us, in a video, why we should choose you
One, Download the Ultimate Guide for Veteran-owned Small Businesses


An educational and financial resource for VOSBs in all stages of business.

Veteran Small Business Award

The Ultimate Guide for Veteran-owned Small Businesses

Veterans have an advantage when it comes to building a business. In this guide, you'll learn:Ultimate Guide for Veteran-owned Small Businesses

  1. How to get started with educational and training resources
  2. How to grow your business with networking and accelerators
  3. The basics of financing and how to determine your financial needs
  4. Types of funding available at certain stages of a business

Two, Get smart and watch some videos or read some blog posts


Get more tools for veteran small businesses and learn about other successful entrepreneurs. Visit our blog and watch a few videos.

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Three, Apply for the award


Two steps down, one more to go. Submit a written summary and create a short video.

Apply for the Veteran Small Business Award

Enter for a Chance to Be Awarded for up to $5,000

What's the next step? Tell us your compelling story by writing a 300-word summary of your business and submitting a video. 
Apply Now

The Foundation Board of Directors

Mark Rockefeller, CEO/Co-founder of StreetShares

Mark L. Rockefeller

Air Force Veteran. Founder/CEO of StreetShares, Inc. Former attorney, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Writer on veterans’ entrepreneurship at Forbes. 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur. American Legion Small Business Task Force. Council on Foreign Relations. Columbia Law School.

Brandon Shelton

Brandon Shelton

Army Veteran. Founder & Managing Partner at Task Force X Capital (TFX),  an advisory and venture capital firm focused on developed Veteran-owned startups.  Formerly Corporate Strategy professional;  Wirtz, Barclays, and J.P. Morgan.  University of Richmond and Duke MBA.

Louis Tucker

Louis Tucker

Navy SEAL. Founder/CEO of Mission Sync LLC, a national security consulting firm specializing in the intelligence and special operations sectors. Executive Director, Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND). Former Operations Officer (Intelligence Community). Dartmouth.

Frequently Asked Questions

[fa icon="plus-square"] Do I have to be a veteran? What requirements must my business meet?

You don't necessarily have to be a veteran. If you fall under any of the below, you are eligible to apply. 

  • Veteran of any of the United States Armed Forces
  • Reserve of any of the United States Armed Forces
  • Active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces
  • Spouse of a military member or veteran

What requirements must my business meet? 

  • The owner must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old
  • Your business must be a legal entity as a sole proprietorship or legally incorporated LLC,
    S-Corp, or C-Corp (or formal partnership) under the laws of any U.S. jurisdiction
  • Your business must be at least 50 percent owned by the military applicant
[fa icon="plus-square"] When is the deadline to apply?

Deadline for the next award is September 30, 2017 at midnight ET. The Foundation will select the 5-10 finalists. The finalists will be presented  on the Foundation website for a public vote mid-month. The winners will be announced a couple of days later.


[fa icon="plus-square"] How much is the award? When will the award be given?

Three winners will earn an award each month. First place will receive $5,000. Second place will receive $3,000. Third place will receive $2,000.

Awards are given on a recurring basis, approximately quarterly. 

[fa icon="plus-square"] Who determines the winners and how are they selected?

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 five criteria below:

  1. Your business idea
  2. What customer need are you filling (product-market fit)
  3. Your team and history
  4. How you plan to use the award and the potential impact
  5. The influence of your business on the military and veterans community 

The Foundation will announce the finalists 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!

[fa icon="plus-square"] Contact Info, Award and Voting Rules, Terms, and Conditions
[fa icon="plus-square"] How do I create a video to submit?

You can create a video through your computer or phone. Please keep it under two minutes. You will be judged on:

  1. Your business idea
  2. What customer need are you filling (product-market fit)
  3. Your team and history
  4. How you plan to use the award and the potential impact
  5. The influence of your business on the military and veterans community 

Upload your video to YouTube or another online video sharing service and share the url on the application form.