Vetpreneurs Leading the Way [Infographic]

Veterans make up only 8% of the US population, but they’re twice as likely to own a business as their civilian counterparts.Vetpreneurs Leading the Way

As of 2015, America’s 21.4 million veterans own 9.2% of all U.S. firms
• 20% of all veteran-owned firms have employees
• They employ 5.8 million employees
• And make $1.1 trillion in sales

They are 50% more likely than non-vets to own two or more firms.

Veterans with 20+ years of service have higher rates of self-employment, and officers have the highest propensity to become self-employed.

They tend to work in technical industries:

Professional, scientific and technical services 16.9%
Construction 15.5%
Repair, maintenance and other services 9.9%
Real estate 8.9%
Retail 8.1%
Administration and support 7.2%
Transportation and warehousing 6.5%
Finance and insurance 5.5%

Vetpreneurs generally secure funding on their own:

69.2% use personal or family savings and assets
12.9% use credit cards or home equity loans
9.8% use business loans from financial institution
1.9% use business loans from family or friends
1.2% use government guaranteed/originated loans
0.3% get investments from venture capitalists
0.1% earn grants

Here are some helpful business resources for veterans:

SBA Boots to Business

Department of Veteran Affairs

Office of Veterans Business Development

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

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