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

There are many business opportunities veterans and service disabled veterans can take on, including starting a veteran small business. Starting a veteran owned small business or service disabled veteran owned small business is a great way to create income and increase diversity and competition between businesses. Veteran owned businesses also increase veteran diversity in the workforce. For most veterans, opening a small business will require veteran small business loans, either through private lenders or through the Small Business Administration.

For many veteran small business owners, the process of starting a veteran owned small business or service disabled veteran owned small business can be confusing to say the least. Where do you start? What forms do you need? Where can you go for help? These are all commonly asked questions of prospective veteran owned businesses and service disabled veterans looking to get started on their new business. Building businesses from the ground up is an intimidating task, and for veterans hoping to start a small business, it can be even more difficult, considering veteran small business loans.

The Small Business Administration is the best place to find veteran small business loans that are affordable and accessible to veterans looking to start veteran owned businesses. The SBA offers business guides, information and resources to get a veteran small business or a service disabled veteran owned small business off the ground. You will find information specifically for service disabled veterans looking to learn more about service disabled veterans’ eligibility for business grants as well as information and resources for a veteran owned small business and other veteran businesses about the Patriot Express Loans being offered through the end of 2010. The SBA is a prime location to find forms and applications for veteran small business loans, as well as applications for veteran status of other veteran owned small business and service disabled veteran owned small business ventures.

If you are looking to start your own veteran small business, remember that you are not alone and opening veteran owned businesses does not have to be as intimidating as it seems. All businesses start somewhere and veteran owned businesses are no different.