SBA Offers Two-Day Training for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Release Number: 
OK10-22-14
Contact: 
Larry Weatherford, 405/609-8012

“Military veterans make great small business owners and Oklahoma counts on small business to drive our economy,” said Dottie Overal, Small Business Administration (SBA) Oklahoma District Director. “There is no better time than Veteran’s Small Business Week to encourage veterans to start a small business. Our Tulsa Boots to Business: Reboot workshop will provide two days of intense business training for veterans interested in starting a small business.” 

The SBA Oklahoma District office will offer Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for veterans in Tulsa November 4-5. The two-day class will be held from 8:30 am – 4 pm at the Tulsa Tech Training Center, Lemley Memorial Campus, 3638 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74145 in Training Room #3.  There is no cost to veterans and their spouses. 

“Graduates of the two-day course in Tulsa will be eligible for an eight-week online course to further develop their business,” Overal said.  “We are proud that Oklahoma is one of the first states to offer this program locally from our District office.  We appreciate the support of the Tulsa Technology Center and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers in delivering this curriculum” 

Boots to Business: Reboot, will introduce veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership, and lead participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan.  The program will also introduce participating Veterans to a network of lifetime business support available locally across the U.S. by introducing them to SBA’s network of Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE Counselors. 

Boots to Business: Reboot adapts the curriculum from the SBA-sponsored Boots to Business: From Service to Startup, a worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS.  SBA currently provides Boots to Business: From Service to Startup at Tinker AFB, Ft. Sill and Vance AFB for transitioning military members. 

Following the two-day training, participants will also be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week, online course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and techniques and tips for starting a business.   After completing Boots to Business: Reboot, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small businesses. 

Online registration for veterans is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boots-to-business-reboot-tickets-13737724905.  For more information contact Larry Weatherford, SBA Veterans Business Development Officer, at 405/609-8012 or Larry.Weatherford@sba.gov.  

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the states such as: 

*Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district. 
*Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders. 
*Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. 
*Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans 

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000. 

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