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Boots to Business Reboot

“Before going into this program I felt like I was drowning in all sorts of unknowns with no real strategy or direction. Now with the advice and guidance from the Reboot program, I feel like I am back on track with the resources to succeed.”- Michael P.

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Veterans have the character, discipline, and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare?

About Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-part training program on small business ownership as a career vocation that is open to veterans of all eras, Service members including members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses.


What You Will Experience

  • An overview of business ownership as a career vocation
  • An outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan
  • A practical exercise in opportunity recognition
  • An introduction to available public and private resources.

Eligibility

  • Veterans of all eras
  • Service members
  • National Guard and Reservists
  • Military spouses

Length

  • Step one: 2-day Intro to Entrepreneurship course: This course is instructed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its partners who are skilled business advisors.
  • Step two: 8-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course: Instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, with support received from The Marcus Foundation and First Data.

Cost

There is no cost to Boots to Business Reboot participants. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the government sponsor of the Boots to Business program.

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132 – Total number of Boots to Business Reboot workshops since January 2015.

Boots to Business Reboot has held classes in 38 US states and 3 territories since January 2015.

1500 veterans, service members, guard members, reservists and military spouses have gone through Reboot since January 2015.

What Our Grads Have to Say about Boots to Business Reboot

Michael Perez

Air National Guard

“Before going into this program I felt like I was drowning in all sorts of unknowns with no real strategy or direction. Now with the advice and guidance from the Reboot program, I feel like I am back on track with the resources to succeed. Knowing that I am not the only one, and that others have been there and done that, helped so much. This program was worth every minute, because the guidance and material are easy to understand and geared toward those in my position.”

Marie Dixon

Air Force

“The Reboot program provided me with the knowledge and resources to be very successful in business. The VetFran Toolkit is very helpful, and helped me to look at being in business from several perspectives. Through the training I learned that there were things that I had not implemented in my business, and have taken measures to get them done. It is good to know that there are several agencies who partner with each other and veterans to help them accomplish their business goals.”

 

Kevin Fairbanks

Air Force

“The Boots to Business Reboot program is a wonderful opportunity for Veterans to discover entrepreneurship and how to make their vision a reality. For me, I had tried my hands on several occasions at entrepreneurship without any former training, when I discovered the 2 day Boots to Business classroom instruction was available, I signed up. The initial classes give you a good overview of being an entrepreneur and what you need to do to begin your business. However, for those ready to move forward there is a follow-up 8 week online class to hone in on your idea, targeted market, and make your vision a reality. I learned why I ran into failure in my previous venture and how to not make those same mistakes.”