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Camp Johnson to host Boots to Business

Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Camp Johnson is hosting a two-day course for servicemembers and veterans who want to learn about the fundamentals of starting a small business from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 19 and 20 at the camp’s Regional Training Institute.

Boots to Business is a free Small Business Administration training program for transitioning servicemembers and veterans to help them understand the steps, stages and activities related to launching and growing a business as a post-military career.

“This is not about showing a cook in the Army how to start a catering service. It’s much more than that,” said Chris Herriman, SBA Vermont District Office Veterans Business Officer. “Boots to Business is about showing servicemembers that they have attained invaluable skills in the military that make them suitable to run a variety of businesses. After the service they know how to plan, organize and lead. Often they have to do so in stressful situations.”

Boots to Business started as a pilot program in July 2012 to provide entrepreneurship awareness and training to transitioning sevicemembers. Many choose non-traditional employment after military life. The goal is to provide the training nationwide to the approximately 250,000 sevicemembers who transition to civilian life each year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, American veterans own 2.5 million businesses, accounting for 9 percent of all businesses nationwide, and employ more than 5.7 million people.

“There are more than 7,000 veteran-owned businesses in Vermont,” said Herriman.  “Many of them are running companies that are far outside the scope of what they were doing while serving. Veterans who have considered starting a business, should attend Boots to Business.”

The training sessions will cover basic economics, financing options, market research, developing a business plan and more. Instructors from the SCORE, Vt. Small Business Development Center, Vt. Women’s Business Center and Vt. Procurement Technical Assistance Center will teach the training sessions or provide one-on-one counseling.

For more information or to register, call 8022-828-4422 extension 206 or email chris.herriman@sba.gov.