HOW TO PARTICIPATE ELIGIBILITY The program is available to all honorably discharged veterans and their spouses. COST This program is available free of charge at participating locations to veterans and their spouses. REGISTER NOW > WHY START A VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS? Veterans are natural entrepreneurs. They are disciplined, goal-oriented self-starters. Accustomed to accountability, they know the value of being decisive and flexible. There are approximately 22.5 million veterans who have served in our armed forces. With the jobless rate persistently high, and unemployment among veterans outpacing the national average, training in entrepreneurship makes sense. Leveraging the talents of veterans will promote self-employment and will help stimulate the economy. ABOUT BOOTS TO BUSINESS: REBOOT Modeled after the existing Boots to Business program, Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. This new program is being offered in twelve U.S. cities in July and August. The curriculum provides valuable assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Participants are also introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. It is available free of charge at participating locations to veterans and their spouses. The program consists of two parts: • INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP TWO-DAY COURSE This course is taken in select cities around the country. It is a two-day instructor led by subject matter experts from the SBA, SBA resource partners, entrepreneurship professionals, or an entrepreneurship professor from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Participants learn business fundamentals and work through an initial feasibility analysis of their business concepts. • FOUNDATIONS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE Upon completion of Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, participants can elect to further their study through an instructor guided eight-week online course led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families 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. After completing Boots to Business: Reboot, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, and launch their enterprise.