Office of Veterans Business Development

Boots to Business Program Announcement

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the release of Program Announcement No.B2B-2017-01, a funding opportunity for U.S.-based organizations providing business ownership training and assistance to service members, military spouses, and veterans.

The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), will enable delivery of the global Boots to Business Program – an entrepreneurial development program that provides introductory and follow-on small business ownership education and training to U.S. military service members and spouses (including members of the Reserve and National Guard) via the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

SBA anticipates awarding between one and four cooperative agreements from this announcement. A maximum of $2.5 million in funding is available annually for up to five years. The initial award is for 12 months. At the end of the initial grant period, SBA has the option to continue the grant annually, for up to four additional years.

The Boots to Business funding competition is open to eligible institutions of higher learning, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local, county, and state government agencies. Among other criteria, successful applicants will have a demonstrated history of providing quality entrepreneurship and/or business management training to transitioning service members or veterans.

“More than 50,000 active duty service members and military spouses have completed Boots to Business and are leading the charge to create the next great generation of veteran entrepreneurs,” said Barbara Carson, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development. “I look forward to working with SBA grant awardees to introduce service members and military spouses to the vocation of small business ownership.”

OVBD will host a webinar on February 1st, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST to provide additional information, and address any questions related to the B2B grant announcement.   To ensure your questions are addressed during the webinar, please submit them to Mr. John Lira at john.lira@sba.gov prior to 5 p.m. EST January 27th, 2017. The webinar link, call-in number, and access code are listed below:

USA Toll-Free: 888-858-2144

Access Code: 1183010

Web Conference URL: https://www.connectmeeting.att.com  

Information, including a transcript of the webinar (once available), will be posted on grants.gov and www.sba.gov/ovbd

Eligible, interested parties should submit their application for Program Announcement No.B2B-2017-01 through the grants.gov web-portal, at www.grants.gov.  Applications submitted via other media, including this website will be rejected and will not be evaluated.

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on February 17, 2017.

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