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Aruba, August 19, 2014 - The brave men and women who serve in the nation’s armed forces are disciplined, goal-oriented leaders who embody the American spirit of determination and hard work. These qualities also prove invaluable when service members transition to civilian life after active duty has ended.
To help veterans become America’s future entrepreneurs and business leaders, the Small Business Administration (SBA) established Boots to Business: From Service to Startup. The free training is an educational track within the Defense Department’s Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program that enables transitioning service members to explore the basics of entrepreneurship and owning a small business. Boots-to-Business teaches transitioning service membershow to identify a business opportunity, write a business plan, connect with small business resources and take the initial steps to starting a small business.  

The training program consists of three main parts:

1. The Entrepreneurship Track Overview, a 10-minute introductory video shown during the mandatory five-day Transition GPS course.
2. Introduction to Entrepreneurship, a two-day, in-person classroom course offered as one of the three Transition GPS elective tracks.
3. Foundations of Entrepreneurship, an eight-week, instructor-led online course that offers in-depth instruction on key elements of a business plan and teaches transitioning service members tips and techniques for starting a business.