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The HONOR program will allow local veterans to network with each other, create meaningful relationships with resource organizations, and explore options to become more acclimated with the business community through hosting connection-building events in collaboration with regional partners.

Get Connected Below with Our Referral Network of Veteran Resource Organizations!

Business Resources

Boots to Business:

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.



NEPA PTAC helps businesses to be able to sell their products and/or services to federal/state/local government agencies and their primes. In addition to the basic registrations to sell to the Federal Government and the Commonwealth, the PTAC Team helps Veteran Owned Small Businesses become certified which opens set-aside solicitation opportunities. They have several successful Veteran Owned Businesses in the region and Luzerne County.



SCORE remains dedicated to its mission of fostering vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, they have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs.



PA VETconnect at the PADMVA

Through PA VETConnect, veteran advocates have access to the commonwealth’s premier information and referral database, compiled specifically to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. The free database is populated with valuable information and resources that will help County Directors of Veterans Affairs and other veteran advocates facilitate delivery of the best possible services to veterans, their families and their beneficiaries. Resource areas include benefits, employment, financial assistance, mental wellness and substance use, post-traumatic stress, and more.


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U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, grow, and build resilient businesses. SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns; preserve free competitive enterprise; and maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.


Wilkes University Small Business Development Center:

The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping you start and grow your business. We provide training, confidential consulting and market and industry research to help aspiring and existing small businesses make sound decisions for successful operations.


Financial Services - Banks

Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T)

(570) 331-0336

310 Market St.

Kingston, PA 18704

Citizens Bank, N.A.

(570) 826-2632

351 Kidder St.

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Community Bank

(570) 821-8555

64 N Franklin St.

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

ESSA Bank & Trust

(855) 713-8001

1065 HIghway 315 Blvd Ste 101

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank

(570) 338-0119

247 Wyoming Ave

Kingston, PA 18704

First Keystone Community Bank

(570) 718-1110

299 Wyoming Ave

Kingston, PA 18704

First National Bank of Pennsylvania

(570) 735-1400

194 S Market St.

Nanticoke, PA 18634



100 S Blakely St.

Dunmore, PA 18512

Luzerne Bank 

1 (800) 447-9464

118 Main St.

Luzerne, PA 18709

M&T Bank

(570) 821-7102

115 J  Campbell Collins Dr.

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

NBT Bank

(570) 343-8200

130 N Keyser Ave

Scranton, PA 18504

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company

(570) 288-0128

435 Wyoming Ave

Kingston, PA 18704

PNC Bank


201 Penn Ave

Scranton, PA 18503

Wells Fargo

1 (800) 869-3557

11 Narrows Shopping Center

Edwardsville, PA 18704

Financial Services - Grants & Loans


MetroAction is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to providing small business loans and business development assistance throughout northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA).



USDA's vision is to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.


Community Programs and Resources for Veterans

Camp Freedom: 

Camp Freedom is an adventure camp for disabled Veterans & First Responders, their family members, and Gold Star families providing quality hunting, shooting sports, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and other year round outdoor activities. These activities remove individuals from clinical settings into the healing environment of the outdoors and nature. They also promote the social well-being of the participants through peer to peer interaction, camaraderie, and outdoor adventures.  Activities are led by Camp Freedom's Staff and experienced volunteers. Camp Freedom provides services to other nonprofits who have a similar mission for a collective impact.


Patriot’s Cove:

Patriot's Cove is more than a destination spot for fun vacations. They create healing experiences and promote camaraderie through service to others. Environmental service projects not only provide a new mission for Patriots and Caregivers, but bring good samaritans together to improve the community and Beaver Run waterway. Patriots and caregivers can also get involved as fishing guides, mentors and volunteers. Their mission is to serve those who have served by healing visible and invisible wounds and empowering those they serve by giving them a new purpose in life.


VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic:

This outpatient clinic offers primary care and specialty health services, including diagnostic testing and immunizations. 


Tobyhanna Army Depot, Building 220

Tobyhanna, PA 18466-5000

Phone: 570-615-8341

Valhalla Veterans’ Services:

Their vision is to evolve into a platform where all warriors, first responders, and supporting organizations can come together under one operating network. To effectively provide hope, purpose, and connection to every warrior in need, while creating a cultural change in the way society views, researches, and treats suicide.


VA Vet Center:

They offer confidential help for Veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Their services include counseling for needs such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). They can also connect you with more support in VA and your community.


1002 Pittston Avenue

Scranton, PA 18505

Phone: 570-344-2676

Equines for Freedom

Equines for Freedom (EFF) is a nonprofit organization that treats active and former military personnel and First Responders who are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), no matter the source of the trauma. EFF uses one of the most effective treatments available; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which offers clients a nontraditional approach to therapy. This therapy combines a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and a therapy horse to create a research-based treatment model which strives to resolve emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences. The horse is an integral part of treatment because horses are prey animals and therefore are extremely alert and sensitive to the emotions of those around them.  Clients learn to identify their own emotional state by observing the horse’s reactions.  The horse also helps the client stay grounded as they process past traumas.


VA Medical Center:

At the VA Wilkes-Barre Healthcare System, their expert health care teams focus on your needs and the needs of other Veterans, your families, and caregivers. Find a healthcare facility near you, and manage your health online. Sign up for community events and updates, and learn what’s new at your local VA medical center and clinics.


1111 East End Boulevard

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0030

Main phone: 570-824-3521

Mental health care: 570-824-3521 x27738

Valor Clinic:

VALOR Clinic Foundation helps veterans with transitional housing, PTSD- War to Peace transition retreats, and more.


Veterans’ Promise:

Their promise is to advocate, educate, and raise awareness for all veterans. They will offer outreach for PTSD, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol education, and support to veterans and their families in our community. 



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