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Program takes veterans from boots to business owners

By Staff | Jul 20, 2017

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the Pacific wants to reach as many Maui veterans as possible to inform them of a workshop coming to Maui next month.

An organization under the University of Hawaii at Hilo, VBOC assists veterans in their transition from service to business ownership.

As part of its program, the center holds events called “Boots to Business” and “Boots to Business Reboot” that work as crash courses to introduce veterans to the opportunities they have and how to take advantage of them.

Last week, VBOC and partner agencies announced that a “Boots to Business Reboot” workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maui Research and Technology Center at 590 Lipoa Parkway, Suite 159, in Kihei.

“Boots to Business Reboot” is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in collaboration with the Department of Defense for veterans interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges of business ownership.

The curriculum will provide valuable assistance to veterans exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts.

Instructed by skilled business advisors of the SBA and Small Business Development Center, this one-day course is free to veterans of all eras, as well as service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses.

“Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs,” the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific emphasized.

“Wondering what it takes, and how you can prepare? Enroll in ‘Boots to Business Reboot. ‘ “

Seating is limited. For more information, or to sign up for this workshop, contact Pat Diaz at the Small Business Development Center at 875-5990. For details on the program, visit www.sba.gov/bootstobusiness.