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November 2, 2015

IVMF Announces the Launch of Boots to Business: Reboot

IVMF Announces the Launch of Boots to Business: Reboot

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans of all eras, service members and their spouses by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

PrintToday at the headquarters of Constant Contact, Inc., the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), The Marcus Foundation and First Data Corporation announced the launch of a new public-private partnership in support of Boots to Business: Reboot, an entrepreneurship training program.

This partnership will allow the SBA to present more than 100 entrepreneurial training workshops over the next year to veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.

“Veterans are uniquely positioned for success in entrepreneurship,” said Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and IVMF Executive Director Dr. Mike Haynie. “This innovative and unique partnership brings together the appropriate resources to ensure that entrepreneurship education and training are made available to all veterans, service members and their spouses regardless of geographic location or when they served.”

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

The “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course, the first step in the program, aims to inform participants of fundamentals and techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts and is instructed by local SBA resource partners including Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE.

Upon completion of the introductory course, participants will be eligible to register for “Foundations of Entrepreneurship,” an eight-week, online course led by instructors from IVMF, and offers in-depth training on the elements of an actionable business plan and techniques and  tips for starting a business.

Participants who complete Boots to Business: Reboot will have the tools and knowledge needed to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small business.

To learn more about the entrepreneurship training program, visit or


About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital (Business Financing); Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, and Technical Assistance & Training); Government Contracting (Federal Procurement); and Advocacy (Voice for Small Business). The SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development formulates, executes and promotes policies and programs to empower veteran small business ownership and serves as an ombudsman for veterans to ensure all SBA programs are accessible to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. For more information visit and

About the Marcus Foundation

Founded by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot. Since his retirement from the company in 2001, he has been a philanthropist and CEO of The Marcus Foundation. Bernie is a patriot and staunch supporter of American military and veterans. The Marcus Foundation focuses on five areas: children, Jewish causes, medical research, free enterprise and community.

About First Data Corporation

First Data is the global technology leader in payment technology and services solutions. With 23,000 owner-associates and operations in 36 countries, the company provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world, from small businesses to the world’s largest corporations. Today, businesses in nearly 118 countries trust First Data to secure and process more than 2,300 financial transactions per second. First Data’s unparalleled infrastructure and partnerships go “beyond the transaction” with next-generation point-of-sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending, and strengthen customer loyalty. All day, every day, First Data helps its clients thrive in the evolving world of commerce. Read more at


Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Phone: (315) 443-5690 or Mobile: (315) 558-9483, Email:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Carol Chastang
Phone: (202) 205-6987; Email:

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