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SBA Announces Boots to Business: Reboot

Published: June 10, 2014 Updated: July 7, 2014

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will host Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in twelve cities across the U.S.  Each event, led by SBA Resource Partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), will host up to 100 Veterans for a two-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship class.

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 will adapt 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.  The curriculum, developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership and connecting them to resources in their local communities, will now be available to more than 22 million Veterans who have already transitioned into civilian life.

Following the two-day training, participants will also be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” an eight-week, online course led by instructors from IVMF 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.

The Boots to Business: Reboot events will kick off at the White House on July 11 -12, 2014 and culminate on August 25 -26, at the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Throughout the month, ten additional events will be held in the following cities:


July 11 – 12: Washington, D.C.

July 24 – 25: Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas

July 29- 30: Miami, Florida

July 31 – August 1: Chicago, Illinois

August 1  2: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 5 – 6: Boston, Massachusetts

August 6 – 7: Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 8 – 9: Kansas City, Missouri

August 13 – 14: Detroit, Michigan

August 15 – 16: Los Angeles, California

August 20 – 21: Seattle, Washington

August 25 – 26: Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information, or to register for the events visit the Boots to Business: Reboot event website.

About the Author:

Rhett Jeppson
Rhett Jeppson is the Associate Administrator for SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development.


I live in NY and I would like to register to one of this courses in VA or WA. How can I register? Thanks
As a business owner, I'm curious if the Boots to Business program helps veterans find small businesses for sale, or if there is a newsletter/website in which I can advertise business for sale?
Mr. Knight, go to and put your zip code in to the section about mentors. The system will make sure that you will get connected with a SCORE Mentor close enough for a face to face meeting or else on line so you can communicate digitally. There are great SCORE Mentors in Georgia. I know because I have met them. If you are having a hard time getting a mentor email and put it to my attention. We are here to serve those who have served. Joe Daley North Texas District Director
What about the Veterans that would like to attend, but the program isn't in there city, and they cannot afford to travel? It's always catch 22! [An email address was removed from this post] I need HELP in this matter. I'm located in Georgia. just like the military people connect app. I have contacted several personnel on the related service list. To help with employment, NOTHING...NOT ONE...Am I to old? what is it. Applied for disability...NOTHING denied 15 times...WOW
I would highly recommend attending this program. Franchise companies have found that military members make the best franchisees and many have programs that reduce the entry cost. Also, franchises have a better chance of long term success than individual start ups.
Great indeed!I so much enjoyed reading about the SBA announcement.Thanks.
I am so impressed with all of the programs the SBA and Syracuse University have put together for veterans and spouses. I participated in the VWISE training and it was truly one the best and most professional conferences I have ever attended. Thank you!
Great program to participate & knowing the ways to reboot small businesses from time to time. Well this move of SBA is appreciative & hope it helps to bring remarkable changes in business scenario through its innovative ideas.

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