The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in twelve cities across the U.S. Each event, led by SBA Resource Partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship class.
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 will adapt 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. The curriculum, developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership and connecting them to resources in their local communities, will now be available to more than 22 million Veterans who have already transitioned into civilian life.
Following the two-day training, participants will also be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week, online course led by instructors from IVMF 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.
The Boots to Business: Reboot events will kick off at the White House on July 11 -12, 2014 and culminate on August 25 -26, at the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout the month, ten additional events will be held in the following cities:
CITIES AND DATES
July 11 – 12: Washington, D.C.
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, or to register for the events visit the Boots to Business: Reboot event website.
Rhett Jeppson is the Associate Administrator for SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development.