Your Own Business

Starting your own business can be both exciting and frightening! For many, it is part of the American dream. Whether you are a military spouse who wants your own business so that you have a steady stream of income through each PCS, or are a military member transitioning to the civilian world of work, key factors to your success are advance planning and utilizing the many resources available to you. It’s been shown that professional guidance makes a critical difference in a new business’s ability to prosper and grow. (source, sba.gov). Please research the resources listed below.

Small Business Administration (SBA)


Washington State Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) 

Innovate Washington

International Business Innovation Association

Spokane Neighborhood Assets Program (SNAP)

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran) 

The Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce (Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI))  

Better Business Bureau (BBB) of E. Washington, N. Idaho & Montana

Wall Street Journal Center for Entrepreneurs

A Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise

Operation Endure and Grow
Open to National Guard and Reserve members as well as their family members


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