‘Boots To Business Reboot’ Offers Entrepreneurial Training To Local Vets And Spouses

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Boots to Business Reboot, the entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will host a two-day in-person course from Aug. 29-30, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. Any veteran, service member (including members of the National Guard and Reserves), or spouse considering business ownership is eligible to enroll.

Boots to Business Reboot is a unique two-step entrepreneurship program that helps participants unlock the skills, tools and resources necessary to launch and maintain a successful business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers Boots to Business Reboot through a public private partnership with the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, The Marcus Foundation and First Data Corporation.

Reboot starts with the upcoming in-person two-day course, where participants will learn the fundamentals of business ownership, including techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet local SBA partners who can assist them if they continue or choose to pursue an entrepreneurial venture. The free program will be hosted at the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Center, located at 1112 Charlottetown Avenue in Charlotte.

After completing the training, participants can register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship,” an eight-week, online course led by Institute for Veterans and Military Families instructors. By dedicating a minimum of 10 hours per week to connected and independent study, participants will work through the fundamentals of developing an actionable business plan.

“We know veterans make great entrepreneurs. In fact nearly one in ten businesses in the U.S. are veteran-owned,” said Kim Street, IVMF’s Reboot Program Manager. “Veterans have leadership skills, tenacity and discipline required to start and grow businesses, but most haven’t applied those skills in a business context before. Boots to Business Reboot is offered to help them prepare for success and evaluate the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship.”

Veterans own approximately 2.4 million businesses, generating $1.2 trillion in receipts employing nearly 5.8 million people and are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans.

To register for the Aug. 29-30 Boots to Business Reboot class in Charlotte, fill out the Boots to Business Reboot registration form, located online at http://boots2business.org/rebootapply/.

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