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Boots to Business: From Service to Startup


Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-sponsored, worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. Boots to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners. Boots to Business is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. After completing Boots to Business participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their small business.


Active duty military members (and their partners/spouses) separating from service may elect to participate in the entrepreneurship training track of Boots to Business. This includes:

  • Transition GPS/The Entrepreneurship Track: All service members attending will gain exposure to entrepreneurship by viewing a 10-minute video.
  • Intensive 2-day/Intro to Entrepreneurship: During Transition GPS, if the service member elects to participate in a 2-day entrepreneurial class, taught by a SBA Representative/SBA Resource Partner at a local military installation. The class will educate participants on business fundamentals and guide them through an initial feasibility analysis of their business concept.
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship Course: Upon completion of the Boots to Business optional “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” track, transitioning service members have the option to further study through an instructor-led 8-week online course offered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University. Completion of the 8-week online course will require approximately 10 hours of study each week and walk participants through the fundamentals of developing a business plan.

After completing Boots to Business, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, and launch their enterprise.HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To participate in the Boots to Business entrepreneurship track, the transitioning service member (or spouse/partner) should contact their on base TAP coordinator or reach out to a SBA district office*. Once participants complete the ‘Intro to Entrepreneurship’ and the ‘2-Day Intensive Workshop’, the instructor will provide a login and password to gain to access to register for the Foundations of Entrepreneurship.

* Contact information for SBA’s district offices can be found at www.sba.gov under “Local Assistance.”


There are no registration fees or tuition for any portion of the Boots to Business entrepreneurship training track. All service members will receive textbooks and resources necessary to complete the program.


In August 2011, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to address the issue of transitioning veterans finding meaningful employment opportunities in the civilian workforce. Specifically, the President directed the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to work closely with other Agencies, and with the President’s economic and domestic policy teams, in leading a task force that would develop a new training and service delivery model to help strengthen the transition of our Service Members from the military to civilian life. Shortly thereafter, Congress passed and the President signed the VOW Act to “Hire Heroes Act of 2011” Public Law 112-56, 201-265, 125 Stat. 715, which included steps to improve the existing TAP for Service Members. Among other things, the VOW Act made participation in several components of TAP mandatory for all Service Members (except in limited circumstances). The Boots to Business course is one of the three optional training tracks offered via TAP.

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August 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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Boots to Bootstrapping: New Entrepreneur & Veterans’ training, tips

Boots to Business

Operation Boots to Business

Do you know or are you a veteran currently transitioning out of  active military service or already out? Now there is a new FREE world-class entrepreneurship training option for veterans who have dreamed of owning their own business.

  1. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup- For currently Transitioning Service Members, offered partly at military bases worldwide and then online.
  2. Boots to Business: REBOOT- For all honorably discharged veterans and their spouses, offered at SBA resource partner locations nationwide and then online.

Boots to Business: From Service to Startup and Boots to Business: Reboot are similar U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-sponsored, worldwide program offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with SBA resource partners.

For veterans currently transitioning out of active duty, Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is offered as a component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS.

Consisting of a three-phase training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership, “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” begins during the service member’s transition from the service (TAP or TAMP) and can continue if the service member decides to self-select into Phase II and III.

“Boots to Business: Reboot” only has Phases II and III.

  • PHASE I- Transition GPS Video “The Entrepreneurship Track”: A 12-minute video introducing military service members to business ownership as a “lifestyle” (only offered in TAP or TAMP for “Boots to Business: From Service to Startup” participants)

The next two phases are for both “Service to Startup” and “Reboot”:

  • PHASE II- Intensive 2-day Class “Intro to Entrepreneurship”: 2-day, in-person class and “Introduction to Business Ownership” textbook.
    Click for the calendar of scheduled “From Service to Startup” events at U.S. military bases. Watch our BusinessUSA events calendar for any future Phase 2 Reboot classes.
  • Phase III: 8-week Online Course “Foundations of Entrepreneurship”: Boots to Business eight-week instructor-led online “mini-MBA” course that offers in-depth instruction on the elements of a business plan and tips and techniques for starting a business. Completion of PHASE II is required before registering for this course.

Learn more about both versions by clicking these links:

Watch the video below to learn about Boots to Business:

Small Business Management

  • Bootstrapping Tough Mudder Founders Show How to Build a Business the Hard Waygo.usa.gov/mCQk
  • Telework blues? Working from home can have its ups & downs. Try these tips.go.usa.gov/m4VA
  • Marketing Tip: Infographic shows 10 reasons to combine Social Media and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)  go.usa.gov/m4yF

Find New Customers and Markets

  • Find your best markets with this new report on US consumer spending by statego.usa.gov/mgXT
  • 6 Tips for Expanding Your Business Internationally go.usa.gov/NUAH

Finance and Taxes

  • Startup Funding 101 Infographic Explains Angel Investor Basics for Early Stage Small Businesses go.usa.gov/NQ85
  • 11 Things Startups Need to Know BEFORE Choosing an Angel Investor go.usa.gov/NaAY
  • To Get Funding, Help Me Help You- Advice from an Angel Investor to Startupsgo.usa.gov/Na79
  • Entrepreneurs: Read these tax and legal pros vs. cons of LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp structures before starting up your business or accepting institutional funding such as from Venture Capitalists go.usa.gov/EutG
  • Buying into a franchise of interest to you? Listen to Bob Melberth’s podcast with SCOREgo.usa.gov/NnwA

Government Contracting

  • The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban & rural areas compete in government contracting. Learn about certification at http://go.usa.gov/mym9
  • Own a small business? Here’s what you need to know about what “small” means for gov contracting http://go.usa.gov/mymA

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August 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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Let Us Empower Youth Achievers in the 21st Century

Everyday tons of computer equipment makes its way to landfills and many end up in the back of our closets or in the attic after being replaced with the newest purchase. Why not empower a young person that is motivated and taking the time to learn tech skills that can lead them towards a better and productive future?

If we are to address the lack of diversity in the tech industries, we first have to teach, instruct and empower our youth in the skills needed to enter a very competitive workforce. By donating your unused or un-wanted laptop to recognized and responsible charities like IBSA, YOU can play an active and supporting role in uplifting as many youth as there are laptops going unused. Contact us today to see how you can help us in our endeavors to empower youth throughout the 21st Century.


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August 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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Ferguson, MO: America’s Day of Reckoning

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August 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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Our Moment in Time… @Ferguson, MO

The time has come in America where who we are and what we stand for is facing one of its greatest test. Do we rise above chaos or must we finally be consumed by it?

Our history of internal strife, turmoil, and standoff is well documented as with the historical facts of how they were resolved. Sometimes peaceful and often bloody, we have always moved from each point to the other; with sacrifice being required on all sides. We sacrificed blood and position. Money and fame. But in the end what we eventually lose or gain becomes our footnote/end note in history; whether we like or accept the outcome or not.

It was bound to happen that the issue of race relations would become front and center as America struggled with the ancient old question of ‘what do you do with millions of descendants of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade? Let’s face it, there was never any intention that slavery was to end in it’s beginning. At the time, it was thought that it would go on forever and that those of African descent would always be less-than the White populous in America. But as time goes on, the change of attitude, authority and the environments of a society would dictate change; whether for good, or bad.

So here we are at another crucial crossroad in time where history will be defined in our ability; or inability to move from one point of chaos to another one of peace. As Martin Luther King coined the title of his book “Community or Chaos; Where do we go from here?“, it begs the question of ‘does America have what it takes to rise above it’s own chaos in order to reach an even greater good?

I ponder the ways of our country when it seems easier to ignore truth in order to forget it’s past, but we all know that it is the past that has always been the beacon to which a country; and it’s people must use to gauge the veracity of it’s future. With each passing day, Ferguson begins to look like Palestine, some Middle East or foreign hotbed of conflict, and now our system of power is flexed as a brute crushing and suppressing it’s own people. Even a child asked ‘how did it come to this’?

That we have arrived to this moment of time is understandable; and probably expected, what no one seems to knows or understand is where do we, or will we, go from here?

This is a bit more complex than gambling on the horse deemed the long shot. There is more at stake than a crown, award, plaque or who gets to stand in the winners circle. I see no winners if what it leave is one side hurting and the other claiming victory because they shed the least blood. It does not matter which side is victorious because we all lose a part of us when no one wins.

Many secure in the comforts of their home can pretend that this is just about ‘them’, forgetting that it really is about US. The world isn’t looking at the rich or poor, Black or White, the silent or the outraged, what the world sees is an implosion that was bound to happier sooner or later.

Yes, while the eyes of the world is pinned to their TV screens, the radio and now Internet, in their own minds they must be wondering is this a moment that defines King’s question and they gotta be waiting to exhale on what the final outcome will be?

I have strong inclination that a resolve will come about, even if it is not the one I would like to see. Knowing the history of my country, I am resigned to the fact that this too shall pass; but that does not abate my fears of what comes next? A resurgence of hate or an avalanche of peace? A rise in bloodshed or a decline in morality? A peak in hatred or a decline in loving our fellow man?

Only time will tell.


By Lazone Grays, Jr.

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August 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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Tomorrow Always Comes… Even to Ferguson

I laid low on expressing my feelings to what happened and what’s going on in Ferguson, and after a week of observation I come to this conclusion. Not to be offensive, but I want to state my perspective based off living in this country, travel abroad and conversing with many across ethnic lines,.

First off, the young brother will not be coming back to life, so now all we can do is look to the future. The looting will end, investigations will commence and an outcome eventually will be had. It may not be what either side wants, but there will be a conclusion plaid out in Ferguson. Whatever the conclusion the need to move ahead, forward and beyond will still be the final run. To some it may sound nationalistic, segregating or angry but ultimately, the writings for self-sufficiency is all over the wall.

No one needs to fear self-help if is solves an elusive problem. Actually, Black efforts to help themselves is not only the only strategy that can produce results; it can be seen by others as the only real solution to the Black problems in America.

In complex locks you have to tweak and move a variety of tumblers and there come a moment when you get it right and they all just ‘fall into place’. As a people we have gone through a lot, each challenge like a tumbler falling into place. Even the bad is a tumbler that had to be moved in order to move onto the next; not guaranteed to be the last. Often we want quick results and people are tired, frustrated, feeling hopeless and many feel alone in what seems like a never ending struggle, battle, war, etc…

Contributions by big companies to Black nonprofits has not worked. Faithfully paid membership dues to large traditional organizations has not helped. The political machine has not helped. A few Black folks making it in business, entertainment and athletics has not helped. All the degrees and certifications achieved has not helped. You get the drift?

Not even Jesus can force Black Americans to use their $1Trillion spending habit in ways that becomes the rope, safety net or ladder to begin an ascent to higher ground! So, the thought of just praying away our problem is not a strategy and those who fills ones head with such should be avoided at all cost.

There’s a saying that ‘nothing beats a miss but a try’. When an idea is thrown out there we have to go through the drill; naysayers, debate, pontificate, argumentation, denial of facts and eventually the break down (or off) of communication. No progress. That’s not how real progress takes place. There’s this thing called ‘agreeing to disagree’ that we don’t understand too well. We all have disagreements but that should never end discussions; if anything it should open that moment whereas we find where we can work together for a common cause and solution. If we love our country it is in the best interest that we find ways to fix problems rather than run from them. It does not work to ignore ideas not our own only to miss seeing a bigger picture that lasts longer than our lives. And as sure as night will turn to day, we will all die one day, so doing nothing has a long term effect that has long term ramifications. Here we have found ourselves living and struggling with the consequences of doing nothing of substance and it is playing out for the world to see; and our children to bleed.

But, let’s rejoice on one thing, we are all given a second chance and it comes in the form of what we call ‘tomorrow’.

Each tomorrow gives us a chance to do something, learn more, apologize, come to terms and to take risk; knowing failure is an option. But from all failures come the seed to a future success. What happened in Ferguson is a seed, maybe the last tumbler needed to open a door to do what no other incident could do?. It has opened wounds that can’t be easily closed or ignored. Maybe a tourniquet is the fix and maybe an amputation is required, but ignoring the sore, swelling, stench and puss is no longer an option; and this is a good thing.

To a military mind, a targeted strike is always better that a shot in the dark. I think the target is clear and apparent… what you (we) gonna do is the challenge we are now presented with?

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August 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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Do You Dream of Owning Your Own Business?

The Operation First Step program is used in over 100 locations across the U.S. to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business, even when they have little or no business background.

Operation First Step can help you turn your dream into a reality.



• give you a specific road map for starting a business

• expose you to subject matter experts such as accountants, lawyers, marketing experts & more

• challenge you to define and be prepared for the best and worst

• help position you to fund your business

• help you develop the network of resources and peers a business owner needs




August 26th & September 9th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 20th

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

September 23, 30

October 7, 14, 21, 28



This course is offered at a very subsidized rate of $75 to allow individuals who meet low-to-moderate income guidelines to participate in an in-depth training program. Similar programs range from $450 – $700. To determine if you meet these guidelines, contact Judy Bumpus at Judybumpus [@] att.net or call (816)-786-3959.

Judy Bumpus
Bloom Business Consulting
“Teaching you to grow your business and work skills”
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August 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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