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Veterans Business Outreach Center

Boots to Business

Boots to Business is the two-step entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program. This course is open to Servicemembers (including members of the National Guard & Reserves) and their spouses.



This two-day course is 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 basics and techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts.




For those Service members who have already transitioned back to civilian life, VBOC offers Boots to Business Reboot.  Boots to Business Reboot is a two-step entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  This course is open to Veterans of all eras, Service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.




The Pathway to Business course introduces military spouses to the key elements of entrepreneurship at no cost. In this course, military spouses are introduced to a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial business topics such as market research, economics, legal considerations, and finances. You’ll also learn about additional resources available to military spouses for accessing startup capital, receiving technical assistance, earning contracting opportunities, and more!



STEP TWO: BOOTS TO BUSINESS REVENUE READINESS-  Boots to Business Revenue Readiness (B2B RR) is a six-week online training program designed to build on the business idea conceptualized during the introductory two-day B2B course and help you take your business idea from concept to actionable plan in a relatively short timeframe. Structured as a virtual, interactive classroom, the program consists of “live” instructor-led sessions twice-per-week with corresponding assignments focused on identifying customers, developing a business model, and drafting a business plan.