Boots to Business Reboot

In keeping with the its commitment to Veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has sponsored the Boots to Business program. As Veterans transition to civilian life, the Boots to Business program has offered training courses to make their dreams of business ownership a reality.

The widely popular “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” is a program offered to future entrepreneurs while they’re still in uniform, as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum for “Boots to Business: from Service to Startup” was designed to introduce concepts, information and resources about business ownership to transitioning service members. Along with the education, the program also connects service members to crucial resources in their local communities.

The SBA has added an additional curriculum to their program. “Boots to Business: Reboot,” is an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans that is being hosted in twelve locations across the country.

Each session will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day course, titled Introduction to Entrepreneurship, led by the SBA’s resource partners, as well as industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF).

“Boots to Business: Reboot” will introduce Veteran entrepreneurs to the basics of business ownership.  The curriculum will lead Veterans through evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. “Boots to Business: Reboot” will also connect participating Veterans to a network of business support contacts by introducing them to the SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach centers, Women’s Business centers, Small Business Development centers and SCORE counselors.

At the conclusion of the two-day training, Veteran entrepreneurs will be eligible to register for an eight-week online course called “Foundations of Entrepreneurship.” This program is led by instructors from IVMF, and offers Veterans in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan, as well as techniques and advice for starting their own businesses.

After completing “Boots to Business: Reboot,” and “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”  Veteran entrepreneurs will possess the tools and knowledge needed to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources, and launch their own small businesses.

The “Boots to Business: Reboot” events run through Aug. 25-26.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 1 – 2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information and to register for events Veterans interested in business ownership are encouraged to visit www.boots2businessreboot.org

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: New Boots to Business Program: By Debbie Gregory

Veteran business owners are constantly faced with new challenges that other businesses may not encounter. For starters, veteran owned small businesses and service disabled veteran owned businesses often have to spend more on typical office supplies and health insurance costs because they have smaller employee counts than large corporations. Veteran businesses also have to abide by certain standards set by the government and the Small Business Administration in order to remain considered “veteran owned small businesses.” Luckily, VAMBOA (Veteran and Military Business Owners Association) has made it easy to increase networking experiences and find SBA loans that veterans need to start, build or expand their business.

VAMBOA offers extensive networking opportunities for new and established veteran business owners. The only way a business can grow and prosper is by networking. Of course, many businesses don’t have the funds to hit the ground running, but by utilizing resources from the Small Business Administration, such as SBA loans created specifically for small businesses, such as veteran businesses and service disabled veteran owned businesses, military owned businesses, veterans can begin their businesses strong and continue networking while they build success.

Veteran businesses can use the Small Business Administration to find the necessary forms they need to be approved as veteran owned small businesses or service disabled veteran owned businesses. VAMBOA is a great resource. Veteran business owners can connect with other veteran business owners to discuss the best ways to apply for SBA loans, changes or updates from the Small Business Administration for qualifications and more. VAMBOA can also connect you with private corporations that want to work with you.

One of the best ways for newer veteran businesses and service disabled veteran owned businesses to get a jump start is to become members of VAMBOA. There, veterans are able to build a collection of contacts, adding veterans to their list of business contacts to network with. Networking is a great way for veterans to learn about the process of becoming a successful veteran business owner, to find advice on SBA loans and to build the best business practices to ensure a successful future.

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