Entrepreneurial Support

The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state’s economy by increasing their participation in New York State’s contracting opportunities. The OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development is responsible for certifying eligible SDVOBs and assisting and promoting their participation in the state’s procurement activities. Find out more

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is a one-stop shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase or grow a business. Training opportunities, counseling and mentoring in-person and online, referrals to partners and programs and monthly networking events are available at no cost to veterans.
Serving Veterans throughout Federal Region II: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands


CEG (the parent of the VCC) initiates collaboration with regional businesses, institutions, incubators, universities and investors towards developing a gap-free entrepreneurship pipeline to support our local entrepreneurship ecosystem. www.ceg.org

CEG continues to grow this ecosystem by:
  • Improving start-up access to labs, office space, and other facilities (based on our relationships)
  • Offering assistance developing a venture pitch (Venture B)
  • Providing an opportunity for a start-up to showcase a business idea before professional and angel investors (VentureB)
  • Identifying potential investors and mentors (Based on our relationships/ Pre VentureB)
  • Providing avenues/direction for resources (Pre venture + Innovate518)
  • Engaging high school and college students in forums that support the next generation of business (A518 student series, Business Plan Competition)