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sharktankABC’s “Shark Tank” will air all-Veterans episode.

“Shark Tank” is a reality television show that captures the dramatic experience of entrepreneurs making a sales pitch to would-be investors. For this show, the would-be financiers are “sharks,” and they can be as ruthless as their namesakes.

Entrepreneurs  make their pitch to a panel of sharks, with the hope that one or more of them will make an investment in their business or product. The sharks can participate by giving capital in exchange for equity or royalties, or opt out. Most contestants are at the mercy of the sharks, but a select few have been creative or savvy enough turn the sharks against each other, sparking a feeding frenzy. Dozens of entrepreneurs have survived the tank to earn huge investments and financial backing.

The current list of sharks include: Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul from New York; Kevin O’Leary, a financial investor who made it big after selling his software company; Daymond John, founder of the FUBU clothing brand; Lori Greiner, the “Queen of QVC;” Robert Herjavec, who founded two successful internet security companies; and Mark Cuban, arguably the most recognizable shark as owner of the  Dallas Mavericks.

Since 2009, hundreds of entrepreneurs have braved the waters of ABC’s “Shark Tank” for a chance to convince the sharks to invest in their business or product. Just in time for Veterans Day 2014, the reality show will be airing an all-Veterans episode.

The special episode will air on Friday, November 7. This episode will feature a Navy SEAL from Tucson, AZ, an Army Captain from Louisville, KY, a Marine from Columbus, OH, and an Army Veteran from Front Royal, VA.

This episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” is a great opportunity for transitioning service members and Veterans to see that entrepreneurship is a real path for them after service. The all-Veterans episode also gives the show’s viewers further insight to the struggles that Veterans have transitioning when their service to their country is through.

Be sure to check your local listings for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

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: “Shark Tank” Airs All Veterans Episode: By Debbie Gregory

Oklahoma District Office

Boots to Business Logo

Who: Military Veterans

What: Boots to Business: Reboot is a two day training with the
option of a follow-up 8-week online course for graduates.

Where: Tulsa Tech Training Center Lemley Memorial Campus,
Training Room #3,
3638 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145

When: November 4-5, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boots-to-business-reboot-tickets-13737724905

“Military veterans make great small business owners and
Oklahoma counts on small business to drive our economy,” said Dottie Overall,
Small Business Administration (SBA) Oklahoma District Director. “There is no
better time than Veteran’s Small Business Week to encourage veterans to start a
small business. Our Tulsa Boots to Business: Reboot workshop will
provide two days of intense business training for veterans interested in
starting a small business.”

The SBA Oklahoma District office will offer Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for veterans in Tulsa
November 4-5. The two-day class will be held from 8:30 am – 4 pm at the Tulsa
Tech Training Center, Lemley Memorial Campus, 3638 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK
74145 in Training Room #3. There is no cost to veterans and their
spouses.

“Graduates of the two-day course in Tulsa will be eligible
for an eight-week online course to further develop their business,” Overall
said. “We are proud that Oklahoma is one of the first states to offer
this program locally from our District office. We appreciate the support
of the Tulsa Technology Center and the Oklahoma Small Business Development
Centers in delivering this curriculum”

Boots to Business: Reboot, will introduce veterans to
the fundamentals of business ownership, and lead participants through the key
steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan.
The program will also introduce participating Veterans to a network of lifetime
business support available locally across the U.S. by introducing them to SBA’s
network of Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small
Business Development Centers and SCORE Counselors.

Boots to Business: Reboot adapts the curriculum from
the SBA-sponsored Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, a worldwide
program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. SBA currently
provides Boots to Business: From Service to Startup at Tinker AFB, Ft. Sill and
Vance AFB for transitioning military members.

Following the two-day training, participants will also be
eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week,
online course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business
plan and techniques and tips for starting a business. After
completing Boots to Business: Reboot, participants will have the tools
and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business
plan, connect with local resources and launch their small businesses.

Online registration for veterans is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boots-to-business-reboot-tickets-13737724905.
For more information contact Larry Weatherford, SBA Veterans Business
Development Officer, at 405/609-8012 or
Larry.Weatherford@sba.gov.


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Maria-Contreras-SweetOn Thursday, October 16, 2014, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of “Destination: HUB.”

Since 1998, the SBA’s HUBZone program has served small businesses in urban and rural communities to gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The program encourages economic development and employment growth in “Historically Underutilized Business Zones” by providing opportunities for companies to become active participants in the federal supply chain.

“Destination: HUB” will promote and highlight HUBZones for opportunities in federal procurement, according to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

“More than any other SBA initiative, the HUBZone Program has been a critical resource, creating jobs, alleviating poverty and reducing unemployment in our nation’s most vulnerable communities.  The program has had a transformational effect on small businesses all across the country. SBA’s Destination: HUB will put a spotlight on our underserved small businesses and promote HUBZones as ideal places for government contractors to do business,” Contreras-Sweet said.

The SBA maintains a goal of providing 3% of the federal government contracts to HUBZone businesses. According to Contreras-Sweet, HUBZone businesses only received 1.7% of federal contracts in 2013. The new initiative is intended to better aid the SBA in achieving, or even exceeding, its goal.

Destination: HUB will promote HUBZone firms in federal contract opportunities, while ensuring government officials, federal buyers, prime contractors, and local economic development boards cooperate to bring more awards directly for HUBZone businesses.

In an effort to generate maximum effectiveness, Destination HUB will consist of three major components.

1) Examining the successes and needs in the HUBZone program.

2) Analyzing the ideal situations for successful HUBZone collaboration, using the power of public and private partnerships and market research to recruit more firms for HUBZone participation.

3) Launching an educational initiative, in collaboration with community organizations, faith leaders, local economic development, and key stakeholders, to encourage participation in and inspire collective ownership of, the HUBZone program, at both the regional and national levels.

It is the hope of Contreras-Sweet that Destination HUB will further the SBA’s effort to improve access to capital and close opportunity gaps in communities of color by empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners’ economic and social mobility through employment and business growth.

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 SBA Initiative: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Georgia District Office

 The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business get bonded!  Please join us if your small business has:

  •        Limited Financial Resources
  •        No Prior Bonded Work Experience
  •        Been in Business Less Than Three Years
  •        Desire to Increase its Current Bonding Capacity

Join us for an AT&T Connect Webinar discussing:

Contract Bonds

  • What they are and Why they are Required
  • How to Get Pre-Qualified
  • Working Capital & Bank Support

 SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program

  • Program Eligibility
  • Required Information
  • Application Process & Fees

 Registration is required.  Please register online at http://events.sba.gov/eventmanagement/eventlisting.aspx?state=GA  Events are listed in date order

Date:                    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time:                    10:00 am – 11 am

Location:             VIRTUALLY 

Access:        https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87462470 (copy the link into your browser to attend).

Dial:            (888) 858-2144 & enter meeting code 7462470# to connect by phone.

Prepare in advance for the conference at: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/Prepare

For more information contact Ms. Melanie Bryant at 404/331-0100 ext 603 or melanie.bryant@sba.gov.

SBA Michigan District Office

Take advantage of Early Bird Registration through September 30th!

Ford Motor Company’s Dan Fortunato, Director of Construction and Services Purchasing will be providing the luncheon keynote address for this year’s conference.  To register click on:  http://private.vetbizcentral.com/main.sc

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