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SOUTHWEST VETERANS BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Provide a business center for veterans and all military members to access at no cost to use equipment, software, and hardware necessary for a veteran to establish or improve a viable enterprise. The center will include, but is not limited to, business machines such as copiers and printing equipment so that business plans, applications, all necessary areas of startup and/or rehabilitation, including conferencing and marketing, will be available for the veteran. To mentor and provide resources for veteran business owners who want to rehabilitate their existing business. Recruit, Retrain, Retain, Track and Transition veterans from cradle to grave.

Results: Registered in 12 states and our online community continues to grow

Target demographics: National of all ages!

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000

Geographic areas served: national

Programs: Mentoring, training, job placement and 14 Level Reintegration program and virtual training at www.VETS.Training to learn from anywhere in the world.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center (SWVBRC) slogan - "Where Communities Serve Veterans" - describes how this organization is different than other business and Veterans assistance organizations. SWVBRC pulls in the community to make a difference and provides hands on training and one-on-one mentoring and coaching to assist Veterans in their business endeavors. For example, the SWVBRC launched a video training series to prepare military and Veteran-owned businesses (and spouse-owned businesses) for the SWVBRC seventh annual Business Summit to be held on Feb. 26 - Feb. 27 in Oceanside, CA. The purpose of this series is to provide business owners the knowledge and tools they need to be procurement ready. The first two sessions, sponsored by USVetsTV, have received over 1500 views in less than two months and have attracted speakers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and small business owners. The SWVBRC is making a difference for Veteran-owned small businesses, not just in the southwest, but coast to coast. Its volunteers are committed, and its board is driven by a stated Goals & Objectives and bound by a Letter of Acceptance to meet the board's purpose according to written standards. The SWVBRC truly is a "great nonprofit."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SWVBRC is a unique organization that offers guidance and opportunities at no financial cost to entrepreneurs.

I have served as a volunteer for the SWVBRC since 2014 and witnessed its impact on those who apply its principles to their businesses.

It is an excellent resource for those who choose to engage and participate

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of SWVBRC for 8 wonderful years. I have been an homeless Veteran two times in my life. I was a successful cabinet making business until my service connected disability cause me to close my business and became homeless. I went to the VA and got help and was able to get my life back together. Southwest has taught me how to understand on how to do business commercially and with the government.

The founder has always been there for me and as well as other Veterans in pursuing their best outcome while volunteering his time.

Thank you all those of the SWVBRC, God Bless America, Albert Guzman, Cpl USMC

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ever since 2010, when I attended your fabulous Grand Opening, I have been in awe of how great your students are equipped with the knowledge and confidence. I was also at your event where one of the graduates, Albert Guzman, received his certificate, after finishing his courses. It thrills me that you are still in contact with each other, while he can reach out to help and guide Vets in need of help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center has been Crucial in providing our clients with training opportunities as well as employment resources. We are proud to have the Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center as a community partner.


Denine Diaz
Social Service Linkage Specialist
Lake Elsinore Unified School District
S.A.F.E.R. Program
(951) 253-7000 Ext. 5386



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Client Served

Rating: 5

SWVBRC provides outreach through videos and reach back technology allowing Veterans, family members and active service members to stay informed and engaged. All this with an all volunteer force.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SWVBRC is a great place to learn about business and network with like minded people. The SWVBRC was a key contributor to my successful transition between the Marine Corps and Civilian life. The resources and opportunities available to the community through the SWVBRC far outweigh the cost of keeping the doors open. I'm great full for the day I was introduced to the SWVBRC and I'm honored to serve as a volunteer CFO.

Luis E. Casillas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Albert Renteria is a first-class individual and I know that anything he's involved in is something that I wanted to be involved in, especially since he is a committed advocate for Veteran's benefits and opportunities. I have a successful woman-owned small business and I am a USAF Veteran. I've had a dream of giving back to woman warriors with my business, and with the help of the Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center and Albert's extensive knowledge and expertise, I am confident that my dream will come to fruition! I'm currently attending classes at no expense to me (funded by SWVBRC) to enhance my knowledge and connections and prepare myself for the 2018 Summit. These classes along with Albert's enthusiasm and leadership will position my business for success in securing government contracts for my services. Albert Renteria a solution- producing advocate for all Veterans and I'm honored to be a part of this endeavor. Look out world, here I come!

1 Frank M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent support from the Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center. Strategic Planning is making a resurgence and a great fit for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is Legit they endeavor to assist Veteran owned small businesses position themselves to secure contracts for their services. Albert Renteria is a solution producing advocate for this important work.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former naval officer and arrogantly felt I "knew it all" when it came to military benefits etc. However, I could not have been more wrong. My association with the SWVBRC was not only enjoyable, but I now enjoy thousands of dollars in military benefits that I did not know existed for me. The difference this has made in my family's financial situation is beyond words. My special thanks to Albert Renteria who was instrumental and key in plugging me in to a very convoluted network of well-meaning but highly bureaucratic organizations. It was only by him running this gauntlet and interference for me that I was able have been successful in the end. My deepest thanks and appreciation for all the good work he, the SWVBRC and the ARRC does for us veterans!!

All the best,
Steve Wilson

1 Grace30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This company does such great work and helps so many veterans. If we had more foundations and business's that thought of others first instead of themselves first America would be a better country. Without our service men and women we wouldn't have this country and I think standing with and for the veterans is the least that the Americans can do for what they have done and sacrificed for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Marine Corp Veteran the SWVBRC has helped me get some of the benefits I am entitled to. The organization gave me the information I needed to get and apply for my benefits. The center has helped me plan for my future as well as open up many different doors to help secure the future I want. I am so grateful for what the center has done for me that I now volunteer there.

1 Pam_51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps Service Disabled Veterans Own Small Businesses.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I had questions about what the Resource Center did to help veterans. I spoke to a very nice man who answered many of my questions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the SWVBRC, I've been one of many Veterans who have enjoyed the many uncovered treasures made available to the Veteran community. Just a few weeks ago, I was awarded a grant to get a few good technical certifications. The SWVBRC is a great place for the community to connect with resource providers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful opportunities for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having know Albert Renteria since age 12, I am not at all surprised by the wonderful accomplishments he has made through Southwest Veterans Business Center. His passion for and desire to improve the lives of our military heroes draws in some of the most loving and passionate volunteers imaginable - people who truly care and want to make a difference in the lives of our veterans.

2 Sarita V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very inclusive of volunteers needs as they are of those who they serve

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the founder, Chairman and CEO, I have had the honor to meet thousands of Americans and many of which have served. It is their efforts that have fueled me and inspired to give all that I can afford. Do visit us at www.WhereCommuitiesServeVeterans.org to see all that the communities do to serve our Veterans.

Albert R. Renteria, Chief Warrant Officer-4, US Marines Retired