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SBA Announces Entrepreneurship Training Course for Veterans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host an entrepreneurship training course for veterans in 12 U.S. cities beginning July 11. Each two-day “Boots to Business: Reboot” event will be led by representatives from SBA’s resource partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The two-day “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” class will teach veterans the fundamentals of business ownership. Participants will learn how to evaluate business concepts, as well as effective strategies for developing a business plan. The program will come to Boston Aug. 5 and 6. “We have a special obligation to serve those who served us so well: our veterans,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet. “Our armed forces have a track record of producing outstanding leaders. Veterans own nearly 1 in 10 businesses that generate more than $1 trillion in sales a year. SBA’s Boots to Business program has been very popular with our troops and cost-effective, so we’ve decided to adapt the Boots to Business curriculum for veterans. This summer, in 12 cities across America, we will be hosting a series of events for veterans who’ve already made the transition to civilian life.” “Boots to Business: Reboot”’ will adapt the curriculum from SBA’s Boots to Business: From Service to Startup program. A training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition, Goals, Plans, Success (Transition GPS) program, Boots to Business is a three-step program developed to introduce transitioning service members to small-business ownership. In addition to connecting with local resource networks, participants also have an opportunity to take advantage of the counseling and training offered by SBA’s resource partner network, which includes Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and SCORE. The Boots to Business program is supported through SBA’s partnership with Syracuse University’s IVMF.


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