Veterans Business Outreach Center University of Texas Arlington

The Veterans Business Outreach Center University of Texas Arlington (UTAVBOC) is the premier resource for education, training and inspiration to empower the military connected community to build profitable businesses that add value to the member, their local community, and the nation.


UTAVBOC provides collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning opportunities including classroom instruction and opportunities to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections.  Through training programs, one-on-one business counseling, accredited university courses, practical seminars, relevant workshops, expert referrals and veteran focused outreach activities, UTAVBOC serves as the SBA resource partner for veterans.  UTAVBOC services are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA to empower transitioning veterans, disabled veterans, National Guard, active and reserve component members and their spouses.  UTAVBOC’s mission is to

1. Increase awareness of entrepreneurial development services through the Boots to Business Transition Assistance Program (TAPS) and other training and outreach activities.

2. Facilitate access to entrepreneurial development services in collaboration with other SBA resource partners, including federal, state and local entrepreneurial development entities.

3. Inspire action that leads to entrepreneurial business development, economic freedom, personal and professional well-being.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Demographic and Census Data

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Technology Grants
  • Government Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Debt Funding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information
  • Patent Seminars
  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General
  • Demographically Based

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Obtaining Certification
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Bid Matching and Preparation

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Ashten Simmons
701 S West Street
Box 19377
Arlington, TX 76019