Modeled after the existing “Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” program for transitioning service members, the curriculum provides assistance to veterans and their spouses exploring self-employment opportunities.
The curriculum is provided by the SBA in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and leads participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan.
The greater Seattle area was one of 12 cities in the U.S. to initially provide the Reboot program during summer 2014.
“Accustomed to accountability, discipline and decisiveness, veterans are natural entrepreneurs and business leaders,” said SBA District Director Nancy Porzio. “We’ve facilitated more than 50 Boots to Business trainings on military installations across the state. With more than 600,000 veterans in Washington, we’re honored to be one of the dozen districts in the country to expand our training via Reboot.”
The two-day program is instructor-led by subject matter experts from SBA resource partners. Participants learn business fundamentals and work through an initial feasibility analysis of their business concepts.
Upon completion of the two-day entrepreneurship class, participants can elect to further their study through an instructor guided eight-week online course led by the IVMF at Syracuse University. Completion of this course requires approximately 10 hours of study each week to guide participants through the fundamentals of developing a business plan.
The Reboot training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Edmonds Plaza Room. Seating for the free training is limited. Those interested can register on the events page of www.sba.gov/wa.