About Us

Veterans Helping Veterans

Assisting Veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.

  •  Training
  • Workshops on financing your business, fixing your credit score.
  • Education
  • Classes on writing an effective business plan, marketing, accounting as well as Internet courses on sharpening your life skills.
  • Mentoring
  • Helping Veterans work closely with other entrepreneurs
  • Counseling
  • The Center’s staff and other business counselors assist clients with writing an effective business plan and securing business financing.
  • Procurement
  • Partnering with Procurement Technical Assistance Centers across Michigan, assisting Veterans accessing both federal and state contracts.
  • Advocacy
  • Our staff keeps apprised of Veterans issues, especially set-asides in both Federal and State contracts.
  • Networking
  • The Center helps Veterans establish working relationships with other agencies and enterprises which, in turn, assist veterans in accomplishing their entrepreneurial goals.
  • Conferences

Every fall since 2006, VetBizCentral has sponsored a day long conference at various venues across Michigan. Besides informative speakers, there are a host of various break-out sessions. Also a great networking opportunity.

Pre-Business Plan Workshops

VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment. An important segment of these workshops entails the usage of the Internet as a tool for developing and expanding businesses. Each client is afforded the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments

VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations

VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a five-year business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal form of the business, equipment requirements and cost, organizational structure, a strategic plan, market analysis, and a financial plan. Financial plans include financial projections, budget projections, and funding requirements.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis

VBOCs provide assistance in identifying and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. The results of the analysis are utilized to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling

VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, target entrepreneurial training projects and counseling sessions tailored specifically to address the needs and concerns of the service-disabled veteran entrepreneur.

Mentorship

VBOCs conduct, as appropriate, on-site visits with clients to ensure adherence to their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine whether a revision of the business plan is warranted or that desired results are being attained.

Other Business Developmental Related Services

VBOCs also provide assistance and training in such areas as international trade, franchising, internet marketing, accounting, and more.

VetBizCentral Staff

ABRON ANDREWS JR.

Director
abron@vetbizcentral.org

Abron, a service connected Disabled Veteran, proudly severed in the United States Navy from 1986-1998. He owned and operated his own Auto Detailing Business in San Diego, California. Abron joins us to proudly serve his fellow veterans in pursuit of their goal of becoming business owners.

Having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from National University in San Diego California Abron went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashford University.


MATT SHERWOOD

Business Counselor
matt@vetbizcentral.org

Matt, a service connected disabled veteran, proudly served in the United States Army from 1994- 1997. “I took on this responsibility because of my passion for helping fellow veterans achieve their goals through business ownership.”

After attaining an Associate Degree in Marketing Management from Mott College, Matt went on to graduate Cum Laude from Baker College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.


MICHAEL GOLWITZER

Business Counselor
mike@vetbizcentral.org

Mike, a disabled American Veteran, retired from the US Army after 21 years. He ran his own webpages company (Veteran Owned Small Business) and has now joined us to help veterans with their business goals.

With a Bachelor’s Degree and Computer Languages Certificate from the University of Michigan, he is experienced as a Computer Application Instructor. Mike also has been a Supervisor and Personnel Manager and is a member of Professional Education Services Group, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.


SCO THELEMAQUE

Business Counselor
sco@vetbizcentral.org

Sco served as a proud infantryman in the US ARMY from 2006 to 2012; which included multiple combat deployments to Iraq in support of The Global War on Terrorism. After active duty service Sco used the GI Bill to obtain an A.A. in History and Government from Quincy College, a B.S. in Leadership from Northeastern University and is currently an MBA candidate at University of the People.

In the past Sco focused his attained skill set towards small business development & strategy consulting. Sco plans to continue serving the veteran community by assisting fellow veterans and family with business endeavors. Sco is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W) as well as the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V).


SHERMAN CHEVALIER

Office Manager/Graphics
sherm@vetbizcentral.org

Sherman began as a volunteer with VetBizCentral shortly after we opened our office. A retired General Motors skilled tradesman, he is also a Vietnam Era Veteran, serving from 1973-1975 as an Improved Hawk CW Radar Repairman.


EDWARD L. RONDERS
1946-2020

Founder