The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the Cabot Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations will be holding a Boots to Business Reboot for veterans looking to start or grow their own business on May 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 300 Commerce Park Drive Cabot. Veterans and their spouses are welcome to attend.


Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the SBA as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneurial training program designed for Veterans and their dependents that have already made the transition back to civilian life. The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. Veterans of all eras, plus Service members (including National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses are eligible to enroll in classes.


“Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs,” reads a release from the SBA. “Boots to business reboot is a two-part training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation an outline of 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 first part is a two-day Introduction to entrepreneurship course eligible to veterans of all eras, service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves and their spouses. “This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors,” according to the release.


Part two is an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course instructed by a consortium of professors and practitioners led by the Institute for Veterans of Military Families at Syracuse University.


“Please note participants must complete the two-day course to be eligible for the eight-week course,” continues the release.


All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


For more information and to register please contact Amy Williams, Executive Director Cabot Chamber of Commerce at 501-843-2136 or email amy@cabotcc.org.


To register online at http://sbavets.force.com select Cabot,AR to learn more visit www.SBA>GOV/BOOTSTOBUSINESS and go to www.Facebook.com/Boots2business.