Operation Boots to Business Program to Introduce Returning Vets to Entrepreneurship

Operation Boots to Business Introduces Returning Veterans to Entrepreneurship

The Boots to Business program uses a multi-phased approach to introduce transitioning service members to the fundamentals of small business ownership and to the SBA tools and resources available to them. The SBA aims to ultimately provide entrepreneurship awareness and opt-in training nationwide to the 250,000 service members from all branches of the military that transition each year.

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The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was created as  a nationwide entrepreneurship training program to unleash the potential of the 250,000 service members that transition each year. To meet this goal, SBA is partnering with DOD and VA to include an entrepreneurship training component as a part of the overall changes to the existing Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The goal of the new  additions to TAP is to strengthen service members’ transition from military to civilian life and to prepare them for success in the next phase of their life. There are now three optional tracks a transitioning service member can choose to explore more deeply as a part of the new TAP: 1) Education; 2) Technical Training; and 3) Entrepreneurship.  SBA and its Resource Partner network will deliver the Entrepreneurship track to transitioning service members who opt-in to receive such training.

Marine Corps Pilot Program 2012

To test the Boots to Business initiative prior to national rollout, SBA is working with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to deliver a streamlined version of the Boots to Business phased entrepreneurship training to approximately 20,000 transitioning Marines in four pilot locations: Quantico (VA), Cherry Point (NC), Camp Pendleton (CA), and Twenty-Nine Palms (CA).

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