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From Selflessness and Service to Business

August in Kansas City brings a great opportunity for veterans or their spouses who want to start or expand a business!

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced a major expansion of their post-military entrepreneurship training efforts by expanding its Boots to Business entrepreneurship program beyond just transitioning troops to any veteran or their spouse interested in business. SBA and its resource partners have delivered 2-day workshops to transitioning troops for the last 2 years through the Defense Department’s transition assistance program for separating military personnel from a curriculum provided by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

The new offering – called “Boots to Business – Reboot,” will be offered regionally and to all veterans and their spouses. We are pleased it is scheduled for Kansas City, Missouri, as a free, one-time event over the course of two days to veterans from the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, August 8, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 9, at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce offices in Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Suite 301.

Veterans will hear about SBA resources designed to connect them with start-up capital, technical assistance and other resources. Participants then can elect to further their study through Syracuse University as well.

The curriculum for “Boots to Business: Reboot” features not only business planning for any veteran or their spouse interested in starting or growing a business, but also ways to connect to a network of lifetime business support through our network of resource partners. That network includes SBA’s Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, SCORE, Small Business Development and Technology Centers and other agency counselors.

SBA-administered programs have helped more than 800,000 veteran entrepreneurs since 2007. Besides Boots to Business, these programs include:

•SBA Patriot Express 7(a) Loans: low-interest loans targeted specifically to veteran small business owners.

•Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship: a comprehensive entrepreneurial training program designed for women veterans.

•Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: specific training and business counseling for service-disabled veterans.

•Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Procurement: set asides of federal contracts for competition only among service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

•Veterans Business Outreach Centers: counseling, training, and mentoring programs for veteran small business owners.

To participate, veterans must have left the military under honorable conditions. Registration for “Boots to Business Re-boot” is located at

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About Patricia Brown-Dixon

Patricia Brown‐Dixon was named Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VII Office by SBA Administrator Karen Mills in January of 2011 as a Schedule C appointee of President Barack Obama. Previously Ms. Brown‐Dixon served in the federal government by helping small business owners as the Director of the Office of Business and…