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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.

The Latest from the Blog

Why The Military Is The Best Entrepreneurship Training Program In America

  This story was originally posted in Forbes on August 3, 2016. One organization has produced more business owners than any other single institution in the nation. It has a proven track record of

Tips from a CFO: Get to Know Your Cash Flow and Receivables Turnover Ratio

Watch your receivables turnover ratio to keep your business healthy This post is a guest submission from Manuel “Manny” Cosme, President and CEO of CFO Services Group, which provides accounting

The StreetShares Foundation Awards $10,000 to Veteran Entrepreneurs

For Veterans Day, the StreetShares Foundation recognized 11 veteran-owned small businesses as the finalists in the Veteran Small Business Awards. Today we are proud to announce the winners! We are

Highlighting Our Heroes: Alpha Coffee

Meet Carl and Lori Churchill of Alpha Coffee. Carl served in the US Army for 21 years, starting as a 17 year-old private and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is a Desert Storm combat veteran with

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?

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the next StreetShares foundation Veteran Small Business Award. The Foundation will select the 5-10 finalists. The finalists will be presented on the Foundation website for a public vote. Once the voting period concludes, 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.