From Veteran To Business Owner

| July 17, 2023

Did you know out of the 27.9 million businesses in the United States, 2.45 million of them are owned by Veterans?

70% of American consumers are more likely to buy from a veteran-owned business than from a business not owned by a veteran.  Starting or running a business takes courage, discipline, and dedication. It also takes knowing the legal aspects that could safeguard your hard work.

Before starting, running, or buying a business consider the following:



A complete, thoughtful business plan is one of the most valuable tools in helping you reach your long-term goals. It gives your business direction, defines your objectives, maps out strategies to achieve your goals, and helps you to manage possible bumps in the road.


Whether you are starting a new business or buying an existing one, small businesses need money.  If you or your spouse served in the military and would like to fund your small business, you can take advantage of a few different favorable loan options geared toward veterans.  


Many small business owners launch their companies as sole proprietorships in which they and their businesses are essentially one and the same.  However, changing the format of a small business to a corporation or a limited liability company can offer a range of advantages for entrepreneurs. The advantages of incorporating a small business include:

  • Personal asset protection.  Both corporations and limited liability companies allow owners to separate and protect their personal assets.  
  • Additional credibility and name protection.  Adding “Inc.” or “LLC” after your business name can add instant legitimacy and authority.  Consumers, vendors, and partners frequently prefer to do business with an incorporated company.
  • Perpetual existence.  Corporations and limited liability companies can continue to exist even if ownership or management changes.  Sole proprietorships and partnerships just end if an owner dies or leaves the business.
  • Deductible expenses.  Both corporations and limited liability companies may deduct normal business expenses, including salaries.
  • Compete for more contracts.  Some businesses require vendors and contracting companies to be incorporated before they can compete for contracts.
  • Entice and hold employees with stock options.  A corporation has an advantage in attracting talented employees by offering employees partial ownership in the business through stock options.

Becoming a business owner, you control your own destiny, choose the people you work with, reap big rewards, challenge yourself, give back to the community, and you get to follow your passion.  Knowing what you’re getting into is smart business because the responsibility of protecting your family and yourself falls on you.

Disclaimer:  This information is made available by Bagla Law Firm, APC for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, and not to provide specific legal advice. This information should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

About The Author


Kelly Bagla, ESQ., founder of Bagla Law Firm, is a business attorney whose practice is in San Diego's North County. She began her career with a Fortune-500 global biotechnology company where she maintained 35 international subsidiaries. Then joined Baker & McKenzie, LLP, an international-based reputable law firm, where she advised domestic/international clients, on corporate and securities matters. Ms. Bagla later joined Catalyst Law Group, APC, where she was head of the corporate department. Ms. Bagla's practice ranged from general corporate counseling to off-shore transactions. Ms. Bagla earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and International Relations at California State University, Hayward. She also earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. with honors) from the University of Wales, Swansea, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Whittier Law School.

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