Entrepreneurs and small business


The Second Service Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports military entrepreneurs through coaching, resources and capital, as well as an innovative mentorship program.

Getting Started

Resources for Entrepreneurs​

Explore resources that help you grow your ideas and start your own business. ​

Clover Academy offers educational webinars, videos, and resources to help small businesses succeed.

Useful resources for Veteran Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs from the Office of Veterans Business Development.

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.
They can help you translate military skills into business success by navigating available services, funding opportunities, government contracts, and more.

U.S. Small Business Administration Learning Center with courses and activities to help you launch, manage, and grow your small business. 

COE Veteran Entrepreneurship Resource Library offers original and curated content like articles, videos, data infographics and websites to help you on entrepreneurial your journey.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is designed to provide services such as business training, counseling, and referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.

Video Resources

Watch and Learn from experts about topics ranging from starting a business to growing and expanding through marketing and advertising. 

U.S. Small Business Administration

The official YouTube channel of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Empowering small businesses to start, grow, expand, or recover.


The D'Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families to serve those who have served.

Second Service Foundation YouTube

At Second Service Foundation, we are cultivating the American Dream for military businesses. As a private foundation, we support veterans, military spouses, and gold star families as they grow their enterprise.

Resources for

Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

“Like military members, military spouses are exceptional at adaptation to change, resilience and flexibility. But uniquely, military spouses often have a high level of experience and education but have had to sacrifice their own careers to follow their service member. So military spouses combine talent, with grit and self-sacrifice.”

– Mark L.  Rockefeller, Second Service Foundation Founder

Accepting the challenge

Resources for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Explore resources that help you apply and prepare to compete in the Military Entrepreneur Challenge.

Second Service Foundation Executive Director Lauren Hope shares tips for developing your business one-pager as part of your application for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge.

As part of the Military Entrepreneur Challenge pitch competition application, you will create and submit a business one pager, utilizing The Second Service Foundation’s business one-pager template.

Semi-finalists in the Military Entrepreneur Challenge deliver their two-minute pitch to the judging panel. These resources are designed to help entrepreneurs craft and deliver their business pitch.