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Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans Offered in Oak Harbor, Lacey, Spokane

U.S. Small Business Administration Provides "Boots to Business: Reboot" Training to Veterans, Spouses
Release Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2015
Release Number: 
Mimi Hetzel

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 Oak Harbor, Lacey, and Spokane. The training is offered in conjunction with SBA’s National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 2-6.

Modeled after the existing “Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” program for transitioning service members; Reboot provides assistance to veterans and their dependents 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.

“Accustomed to accountability, discipline and decisiveness, veterans are natural entrepreneurs and business leaders,” said SBA District Director Nancy Porzio. “Since 2012, we’ve facilitated more than 80 Boots to Business trainings on military installations across the state. With more than 600,000 veterans in Washington, we’re honored to be able to provide them Reboot training.”

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 each location. Lunch will be served at no cost on both days. Those interested can register on the Boots to Business Reboot site at .


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.