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SBA Boots to Business Reboot Program Gives Upstate New York Veterans and Spouses the Opportunity to Learn Entrepreneurship

SBA and Mohawk Valley SBDC Team Up for Reboot Workshop
Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Release Number: 
Rachael Stanton 315-471-9393

UTICA, N.Y. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is teaming up with the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to conduct its Boots to Business Reboot workshop, a no-cost entrepreneurial training program for veterans on Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at MVCC’s ThINCubator located at 326 Broad Street in Utica, NY.

“We know veterans make great entrepreneurs.  In fact, nearly one in ten businesses in the U.S. is veteran-owned,” said SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki. “They have the leadership skills, tenacity, and discipline required to start and grow businesses, but most have never applied those skills in a business setting.  Boots to Business Reboot is offered to help them prepare for success and to evaluate the opportunities and challenges presented to them through entrepreneurship.”

“Because veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans, it’s important for the SBA to take the lead and offer educational programs like Boots to Business Reboot to help veterans launch or expand their small business,” said Paprocki.  “Helping more veterans to transition into entrepreneurship will only add to the $1 trillion in sales that veteran-owned small businesses contribute to our economy.”

Launched four years ago, the program is specifically designed for veteran service members including members of the National Guard and Reserves, or spouses considering business ownership.  Veterans from across New York State are invited to attend. SBA and local Resource Partners will present at the workshop, including Mohawk Valley SBDC, Utica SCORE Chapter, and the Women’s Business Center of NYS.

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step program.  Step one is the full-day in person workshop. After completion of the workshop, participants continuing to pursue business ownership are encouraged to enroll in step two – a six-week Revenue Readiness Class offered as a virtual classroom program by Mississippi State University.

Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses  interested in starting and expanding a small business can start by registering for the Boots to Business Reboot July 13th event online. Class size is limited to 25 participants. For questions, please contact the SBA Syracuse District Office at 315-471-9393.