Veterans Services @ USC: Small Business Administration - Start a Business

This guide provides contact information for available services at USC for Veterans.

US Small Business Administration - Boots to Business Program

Boots to Business is a three-step entrepreneurial education initiative offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an elective track within the Department of Defense’s revised Training Assistance Program called Transition Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS).

The three-step training program includes:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship – a two-day classroom course offered as one of the three Transition GPS elective tracks
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship – an eight-week, instructor-led online course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and tips and techniques for starting a business

Registration and Upcoming Boots to Business Classes information is found at: Office of Veterans Business Development

Boots to Business is delivered in partnership with SBA’s Resource Partners, SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. It is available free of participating installations to service members and their dependents transitioning or retiring from the U.S. military.

To learn more information about Boots to Business, please email us at (link sends e-mail) or call 202-205-6773.


Veteran-Owned Businesses

SBA - Los Angeles District Office

Small Business Administration

Los Angeles District Office 

Los Angeles

312 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Phone: 213-634-3855

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on all federal holidays.

Serving Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.


Census Bureau Business Builder: Small Business Edition

The Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition allows small-business owners a way to easily navigate to and use key demographic and economic data to help guide their research into opening a new or expanding their existing businesses. These key data include the most recent and/or relevant data that the Census Bureau provides that are useful to small-business owners.    (Census Bureau Fact Sheet)  

Determine the Best Location for Your Business by using the Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition 

Get Help using Census Business Builder

Frequently Asked Questions about Census Business Builder



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Los Angeles Public Library Veteran Resource Centers

The Los Angeles Public Library System has four Veteran Resource Centers in operation.  The Centers, made possible through a generous grant from the California State Library.  At all the centers, Veterans and their families can meet with trained volunteers, which are Veterans themselves, and get connected to information and resources regarding health, education, employment, housing, and other benefits that they may be entitled to.

The LAPL Veteran Resource Center page also has a wealth of information from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CAL VET)

4 Tips to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

Deluxe Enterprise Operations provides 4 Tips to Help Veterans:

1. Build a support network

2. Master the art of self-promotion

3. Unlock funding possibilities

4. Brush up on business skills


The full description of each step is available here.


Job Transition


Our mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. We are passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path.

Some additional links that may help with your transition:

Returning to Your Career: A Guide to Coping with Career Transition Stress

How to Personalize Your Hunt for Jobs Online

How to Nail Your Next Interview