Boots to BusinessBoots to Business program is set to benefit from $1.12 million in grants.

On September 19, 2014, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it has entered into a cooperative agreement with America’s Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC). This co-op has agreed to provide a total of $1.12 million worth of funding needed to facilitate resource partner participation in SBA’s Boots to Business program.

The SBA’s Boots to Business program provides training to transitioning service members and military spouses who are interested in business ownership. The program functions as part of the Defense Department’s TAP program. The original Boots to Business began as a pilot program in 2012, and was expanded in 2013.

Each year, more than 250,000 service members separate from the military ranks. With their experience and leadership skills, Veterans have proven to be natural entrepreneurs. Veterans are more likely to be self-employed than those with no active-duty military experience. There are approximately 2.45 million Veteran owned small businesses in the U.S., making up approximately 9% of all American small businesses. Veteran owned small businesses employ more than five million Americans, generating more than one trillion dollars of sales receipts each year.

“Veterans make some of our country’s best entrepreneurs, and we are investing in them by ensuring our partners are funded to maximize the training and support they provide to service members embarking on their post-service careers,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “We owe so much to those who have served in our Armed Forces and sacrificed so much.  Our veterans deserve opportunities, and the SBA and our network of small business experts are ready to help them start their next chapter.”

Since January, 2013, more than 16,000 transitioning service members have participated in the two-day “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” class that was offered on 165 military installations around the globe. This year, the Boots to Business program was appropriated $7 million in the federal budget.

To learn more about the Boots to Business Program and additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: Boots to Business Gets $1.12M: By Debbie Gregory

 Washington Metropolitan Area District Office

In April 2012, Congress passed legislation that gives small businesses and startups additional access to equity markets to raise capital through certain vehicles. What Does It Take to Get Venture Capital For Your Small Business? Please join Eva Ngai, Public Information Officer, as she gives an overview of SBA programs and services including SBA’s Small Business Investment Company program. Participants will also hear from Business Strategist Lorette D. Farris and Casey Berman, Camber Creek Managing Director, about the investment vehicles you can use to raise equity capital and the criteria by which your business will be evaluated.

Date:   October 2, 2014
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Place: The Rayburn Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
Main Entrance, Horseshoe Drive off South Capitol Street

For more information and to register, visit  Participation fee: $15.  Advance registration is required.

This workshop is part of a cosponsored initiative between the U.S. Small Business Administration and Sage Solutions GTM, LLC to provide educational training opportunities to small businesses.

Cosponsorship Authorization 14-0353-90. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for the disabled will be provided to those who make a request 2 weeks in advance. For more information, contact Tijuana Young at (703) 468-0834.


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U. S. Small Business Administration

Georgia District Office


The U. S. Small Business is hosting a Webinar on veterans and service-disabled veterans’ incentives for the following:

  • ·SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Guarantee Program
  • ·What are the credit requirements
  • ·Do you have sufficient collateral
  • ·Service-Disabled Veteran Federal Government Contracting Program
  • ·Do you have a VA rating letter
  • ·Have you been honorably discharged from the military

Date: September 24, 2014

Location: Online Webinar (See below to register)

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Login instructions will be sent via e-mail to all registrants within 48 hours before the class. For more information contact: Jorge Valentin-Stone at (404) 331-0100, ext. 609 or via e-mail at

Online Registration: To begin the registration process, go to Cursor down to “Business Resources to Help You Start or Grow a Business in Your Area.” Look for SBA Programs and click on “Training/Events Calendar.” Scroll down until you find this webinar and click on “Register Now.”

SBA’s participation in this event is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Jorge Valentin-Stone at (404) 331-0100, ext. 609 or via e-mail at



New Jersey District Office


WHEN:    Thursday, September 25, 2014
TIME:       9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Rutgers University Livingston Campus 
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Student Center – Hall A
Piscataway, NJ  08854
<Register Today>

If you are an existing business owner or entrepreneur who is just starting out, here is your chance to meet with the top SBA lenders who can provide you with the necessary capital to grow or start your business.

This free program is designed to provide individuals that are in business or thinking of starting a business with information on the business loan programs and technical assistance programs offered by the SBA.

Leading area bank lending officers will be on hand to discuss their role in the SBA’s Guaranteed Loan program; SBA’s 504 Certified Development Company loan program; and SBA’s Microloan program. Lenders will discuss:

                                  * What goes into a good loan proposal
                                  * How to increase your chances of getting a loan
                                  * How to get through the loan application process.

Following the presentations, representatives from the SBA; the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and local SBA Lenders will be available for indi-vidual consultations. Several lenders will be available to meet with you to discuss your lending needs. Business counselors and mentors from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center will be available to review your business plan.

Space is limited, so RSVP today by <Registering Here> Additional information is available through Ursula Sanders by calling her at 973-645-2530 or by emailing her at  Once you register, a  free parking permit for that day will be sent to you.

SBA Colorado District Office

This class covers Federal Contracting Small Business Certifcations. The Federal government has spent between $450 and 500 billion per year over the last several years on contracts. There is a goal to spend 23% of this with small business. Learn about small business contracting goals and set-aside programs related to Federal government contracting. Topics include:

  • 8(a) Business Development program
  • Women Owned Small Business Program
  • HUB Zone Program
  • Small Business self-certification
  • Requirements and Eligibiltiy for these programs

Speaker: Mia Fagley ~ US Small Business Administration

WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2014  9am to 11:30 am

WHERE:  Mi Casa Resource Center,  360 Acoma Street, Denver, CO

HOW: Registration is free, but required: email