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UHV SBDC to offer business workshop for veterans

Crossroads veterans who want to become entrepreneurs soon will have access to a training program specifically developed for them and their families.

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center will host Boots to Business: Reboot from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 on the fourth floor of Laurent Tower, 1908 N. Laurent St. This is the third time the UHV SBDC has offered the course. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

Joe Humphreys

“The Boots to Business program is an outstanding tool for veterans and active service members,” UHV SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “It is designed to help those who served in the military use the skills, talents and knowledge they developed to become successful entrepreneurs.”

The workshop was developed by Syracuse University from the U.S. Military’s original Boots to Business course. The military offers the course as part of its Transition Assistance Program, which helps military personnel prepare to transition to civilian life.

The program consists of several 45- to 60-minute modules that will be taught by several UHV SBDC business advisors as well as Juan Santos from the U.S. Small Business Administration Veterans Business Outreach Center.

“It’s a fast-paced workshop with lots of information,” Humphreys said. “Juan is an excellent speaker with lots of experience working with veterans, and he will tell us about some of the legal structures necessary in businesses. It’s going to be a great presentation, and I hope to see plenty of people come and take part in the training.”

During the workshop, participants will learn about the components of a business plan, how to recognize opportunities and get a look at what kinds of public and private resources are available for veterans. The workshop is open to veterans at all stages of entrepreneurship, including current business owners, those in the process of starting a business and those who are interested in starting a business in the future.

To register for the workshop, contact the UHV SBDC at 361-485-4485, 877-895-7232 or sbdc@uhv.edu. Participants also can register at sbavets.force.com.

The UHV SBDC is part of a nationwide small business assistance program that serves the small business community in partnership with federal, state and local governments. The center offers business advising, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up businesses in an 11-county area.