What We Do
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, Veterans, National Guard and Reserve Members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers.
Boots to Business: Intro to Entrepreneurship (B2B)
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The VBOC encourages TAP-eligible and active duty personnel, military spouses, veterans and civilians with base access to attend this free 2-day introduction to entrepreneurship training class covering topics you need to consider before and as you start your business.
Boots to Business is organized by the Fleet & Family Support Center on Naval installations, the Airman & Family Readiness Center on Air Force bases, the Soldier-For-Life Transition Assistance Program on Army installations, through the Marine Corps’ Transition Readiness program, and the Coast Guard’s Health Service-Work Life office. For a calendar of classes by type and/or by state, check out https://sbavets.force.com/s/. Under “Class Type”, select Boots to Business for training on military installations or Reboot for Veterans and their dependents that have already made the transition back to civilian life.
For more information on the Boots to Business program and SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development, visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd/resources/160511
VBOCs conduct, as appropriate, on-site visits with clients to ensure adherence to their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine whether a revision of the business plan is warranted or that desired results are being attained.
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