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Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans Expands to Edmonds - Nov. 4-5

U.S. Small Business Administration Provides 'Boots to Business: Reboot' Training to Veterans, Spouses Nov. 4-5
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Release Number: 
Mimi Hetzel (206) 553-7050

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office is hosting “Boots to Business: Reboot” – a free entrepreneurship training program for veterans and their spouses – in Edmonds Nov. 4 and 5. The training is being offered in conjunction with SBA’s National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 3-7.

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

About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. Today’s SBA stands for more than Small Business Administration; it stands for Smart, Bold and Accessible. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit for localized information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.

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