The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a “Transition Mission” – special programs for Veterans who are transitioning back to civilian life to help them start their own businesses. It’s called “Boots to Business”. And the week of Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th is National Veterans Small Business Week.

Here’s the video story of a Navy sailor and his wife who took advantage of the SBA and SCORE to start Brewery.

He took a hobby and turned it into a business. But he didn’t wait till he was out of the Navy, he started while still on active duty.

“It’s takes a year, 2 years, 3 years to get a business started. So, don’t wait till your retirement party to start figuring out what you’re going to next.”

The SBA has several online sources and there’s a special free event at the SBDC:

#MyVetBiz: Phoenix Boots to Business- REBOOT
Monday, November 7, 2016 – 8:30 am
Free
GateWay Community College
108 N. 40th St. South Building
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). The program provides assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Participants are also introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. Who: All honorably discharged veterans and their spouses are eligible for the program and can register for the free two-day workshop. Registration required click website link above.

Many of the SCORE mentors are Veterans and their mentoring is absolutely free! Click here to schedule a free mentoring session with a mentor in a location in the Greater Phoenix Valley.

Also, check out the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce.