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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