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POSITION: Veteran Business Consultant/Trainer

Location: Sacramento, California or Fairfield, California
Hours: 8 – 19 hours/week
Salary: $50-$70/hour, depending on experience
Project Name: Northern California Veterans Business Outreach Center (NorCal VBOC)
Supervisor: Program Director – NorCal VBOC


The Northern California Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (NorCal VBOC) provides entrepreneurship and business-related assistance to Veterans, active-duty service members, Mil Spouses, and Military Connected family members. The program is funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and through funding from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The NorCal VBOC serves the 50 northern and central counties in California, supporting their business and Veteran communities with no-cost training, education, and one-on-one business consulting. The Sponsored Programs Foundation of Cal Poly Humboldt is the fiscal host to the VBOC, and the employer of record. This is a 12-month hourly position.


The VBOC’s primary mission is to deliver the Small Business Administration’s Boots to Business and Reboot program on 5 military bases in Northern California (This position is focused on Beale AFB and Travis AFB though ideal candidate would be open to serving all of NorCal area as needed). Topics covered in the 2-day class include: entrepreneurship, market research, small business economics, legal structures, financing, business planning and government contracting. We are seeking an experienced instructor/facilitator, with small business experience, who is comfortable working in person on military bases. Individuals who are Veterans, military connected family members, or have experience working with Veterans is preferred. We will provide training on the curriculum. For more information about the VBOC, go to

The job includes in-person travel to the region’s designated military bases to offer “Boots to Business” trainings to transitioning servicemembers, as well as offer one-on-one advising and technical support to Veterans. This can include overnight travel. Successful applicants will be generalists or specialists with a background assisting companies in one or more of the following areas: business planning, financial management, access to capital, traditional and digital marketing, restaurants, franchises, manufacturing, sales, etc. These are not full-time positions, are not state or federal positions, and the amount of contract work is variable, dependent upon client flow.


  • Deliver “Boots to Business” and “Boots to Business: Reboot” trainings to cohorts of transitioning servicemembers and Veterans;
  • Counsel Veteran small businesses on various topics in person, over the phone, via email, and using video conferencing software (Zoom);
  • Assist clients with navigating required federal, state, and municipal registrations and licensing;
  • Assist with and deliver training workshops on various topics;
  • Represent the NorCal VBOC at partner events, workshops, conferences;
  • Record all interactions with clients in client tracking database;
  • Hold routine monthly office hours in various locations throughout the service area; Focus area for this position is Fairfield Satellite office, Sacramento, and San Francisco area.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Prior experience working for a VBOC or other federally-funded small business assistance program;
  • Prior experience working with veteran and military populations;
  • Existing partnerships with Northern California business and minority organizations and/or government agencies;
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, and two years of experience in small business ownership, economic development programs, or administration of grants


  • Two or more years of experience providing advising, training, or consulting businesses;
  • Ability to analyze complex documents and situations and make rational judgements;
  • Excellent written, verbal, listening, and interpersonal skills.


Qualified applicants should submit the following items via email to

1. Cover letter

2. Résumé

3. Three professional reference contacts

4. SPF Self-Identification Form

First Review Date: December 18, 2023.

Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected status. More information about Cal Poly Humboldt SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found at

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form, which can be found at or contact ADA Coordinator at 707.826.3626 or confidential fax at 707.826.3625. For more information regarding accommodation, you may also visit the Cal Poly Humboldt Human Resources website at Individuals in need of a telecommunications relay service may contact the California Relay Service at 877.735.2929 TTY. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position within Cal Poly Humboldt SPF. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Cal Poly Humboldt SPF employees who apply for this position.

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