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Entrepreneur training and SBA loans for veterans…

U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative for veterans and members of the military community wanting to establish or expand small businesses. 

Eligible military community members include:


  • Veterans

  • Service-disabled veterans

  • Active-duty service members eligible for the military’s Transition Assistance Program

  • Reservists and National Guard members

  • Current spouses of any of the above

  • The widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability

  • The SBA and its resource partners are focusing additional efforts on counseling and training to augment this loan initiative. 

Start with a Self Assessment

Here is their message to veterans:

You’ve got an idea for a business. Now it’s time to evaluate if your dream of starting a business can be a reality. The Checklist for Starting a Business is
a comprehensive tool designed to prepare you for self employment by
analyzing your responses in key areas and providing a menu of
supporting resources.

To learn more about the Patriot Express Initiative:


Patriot Express Loan Initiative

Resources to Help You Start, Grow and Succeed

Assisting Small Business Owners

Press Kit

Patriot Express Forms

About the Author
Linda Keith CPA is an expert in credit risk readiness and credit analysis. She trains banks and credit unions throughout the United States, both in-house and in open-enrollment sessions, on Tax Return and Financial Statement Analysis. She is in the trenches with lenders, analysts and underwriters helping them say "yes" to good loans. Creator of the Tax Return Analysis Virtual Classroom at, she speaks at banking associations on risk management, lending and director finance topics.