SBA Helps Veteran Owned Businesses “Reboot”

Free Training and Resources Delivered on Maui, August 30 & 31
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Release Number: 
HDO 16-08
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Advisory Number: 
HDO 16-08
Jane Sawyer

Hawaii - Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed in the demanding and goal oriented small business sector. Are you one of those veteran entrepreneurs looking for growth or support to get started on your own?

SBA will present a free two-step workshop, “Boots to Business Reboot” for veterans and the military community on Maui on August 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maui Research and Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei.

“We welcome veterans from all eras, service members including National Guard and Reserves and their spouses, to join us for the sessions to talk, learn, and mentor others who are engaged in the entrepreneurial journey whether they are just at the idea stage or moving full throttle on that path,” said SBA Hawaii District Director Jane Sawyer. “These sessions will provide information, resources and links to top of the line, current tools to support your individual goals and business vision.”

Talented business specialists will conduct the course, presenting a curriculum that includes identifying new market opportunities, financing, legal issues for veteran owned business, business planning and more. Jerry Hirata, SBA lending specialist, will be joined by Wayne Wong, Maui Small Business Development Center and Dennis Kwak, Director and consultant for Hawaii’s new Veteran Business Outreach Center. “Reboot” is a pre-requisite for the in-depth eight week on-line “Foundation of Entrepreneurship” course instructed by a consortium of business professors and consultants at Syracuse University, offered at no cost.

For more information or to register, contact Jerry Hirata at or Pat Diaz at Maui SBDC at  Electronic registration can also be completed at