Boots to Business
“Truly appreciate the information. This course tells you what goes on behind the scene in the startup process and helps you determine if you would really want to move forward with the idea. I feel more confident about moving forward and hearing more about starting my own business.” - Yokota, Boots to Business 2017 graduate
Boots to Business is the two step entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The SBA partners with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University on program curriculum development, course materials and instruction.
About Boots to Business
The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance and contracting opportunities.
What You Will Experience
- Assistance in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities
- Instruction on business basics and techniques for evaluating the feasibility of participant’s business concepts and foundational knowledge required to develop an actionable business plan
- Introduction to SBA resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance and contracting opportunities
- Connection to resources in participant’s local communities
Any graduate of the Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2 day course, whether Boots to Business or Reboot, transitioning service members and military spouses.
- Step 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, 2-Day Course
- Step 2: Follow on Courses Offered by the IVMF, 3-Week Course
There is no cost to Boots to Business participants. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the government sponsor of the Boots to Business program.
About the Coursework
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Two-Day Course
A two-day course offered as a TAP training track for those interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges of business ownership. Subject matter experts and practitioners from SBA and its network of partners teach the course at over 180 military installations worldwide. Participants learn business fundamentals and techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts.
Follow on Courses Offered by the IVMF
The next step is an interconnected system of learning that allows flexibility and encompasses many paths to education. It gives the participants the tools to determine the right path for themselves through assessment and comfort level.
- Market Research: designed for individuals who are ready to launch their business immediately
- Primary Market Research: this course teaches students how to operationalize the tools for the creation of the value proposition and market validation.
- Defining and Redefining Product Market Fit: further discussion of how to apply the tools for the value proposition and market validation.
- Business Fundamentals: those that are still exploring entrepreneurship but need more education in basic Business education and knowledge. This section is composed of thirteen, 2–3 hours modular classes in asynchronous one-week online course.
What Boots to Business Grads Have to Say About the Program
U.S. Air Force
“No matter what you want to do with your life, taking the two-day Boots to Business course is the best decision you will make. You’re going to know whether you want to be an entrepreneur or not. Boots to Business taught me how to be an entrepreneur. It opened up new horizons for me.”
“I’ve always know that I needed to develop a business plan for any type of business, but going to the Boots to Business workshop, it got into the nitty-gritty of what the business plan entailed. I made great connections. I even learned the government aspects of acquiring contracts as well as learning how to promote myself as a veteran.”
Dr. Tony T.
“I looked at my classmates… and we ranged anywhere from me being a doctor of optometry to someone wanting to start a childcare business. It doesn’t matter what your business idea is, Boots to Business is a great resource for all of us. My advice to anyone, even if they have an inclination that starting a business might be something down the road, I would pursue it. Start early. Take advantage of Boots to Business. It’s a great opportunity.”
Innovation Delivery & Partnership
To deliver Boots to Business and support service members and military spouses, SBA collaborates with its resource partners (Veterans Business Outreach Centers, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE), the Department of Defense and other federal agencies and local military installations. SBA also partners with the IVMF and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University on program curriculum development, course materials and instruction. Beyond Boots to Business, SBA’s network of partners offers continued training and technical assistance with an emphasis on access to capital and federal contracting opportunities.
SBA and its partners ensure that every service member and military spouse has the resources they need in their local communities to start and operate small businesses, achieve post-service career success, and strengthen the Nation’s economy.