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Veterans Advocacy Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) is dedicated to helping men and women, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses.  The Center will serve all Veterans and Active Duty personnel, including National Guard men and women and Reservists of all branches.

Programs: Rigorous training program designed to help veterans research and write a viable business plan in order to understand the feasibility of desired business.  Veterans have the opportunity at the end of the 6-week program to submit a completed business plan and compete for up to $5,000 in start-up grants.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

The ad read "Are you a Veteran looking to start a business?" That was 2010 and today I am still advocating for all that the VBRC does for Veteran Small Businesses.

My personal story is that I started a service based business by attending their "Bootstrap" classes and received counseling. I managed that business for 6 years which led to my current role as a small business counselor.

The VBRC's dedication to the veteran community is overwhelming and I highly encourage any veteran to "not stand on the island of me" and ask for assistance with your business endeavors.



Rating: 5

Best Kept Secret in St Louis

This organization is an asset to the community and to veterans at large. The services and networking they provide, under the extremely capable leadership of Darcella Craven is a source of pride for the St Louis community. The opportunity of the community to say thank you to our veterans by helping them suceed in business is an awesome one. Darcella has done a great job in developing programs and creating awareness to both veterans needing help and those wanting to help them.

Personally, I have participated in several programs where the objective was to teach erstwhile veteran business owners best business practices and financing.

She does a lot on a small budget and is very deserved of winning this award.

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