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Military service to entrepreneurship: Center offering ‘Boots to Business Re-Boot’ training for veterans in Hilo

The Hawaii Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Veteran Business Outreach Center in Honolulu, is offering “Boots to Business Re-Boot,” a Small Business Administration training program for veterans and their spouses Jan. 4 in Hilo.

Re-Boot provides an overview of business ownership; an outline and knowledge about the components of a business plan; a practical exercise in opportunity recognition; and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

SBDC-Hilo staff said this is a rare opportunity for Hawaii Island veterans and their families to receive the training locally, without the need to travel to Oahu.

“Veterans have served our country with honor and distinction and have already proven they will serve at a level at which many others are not willing,” said Judi Mellon, Small Business Development Center-Hilo director. “Service members are among America’s best leaders and this is true when it comes to entrepreneurship.

“These veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small-business owners. This course is instructed by skilled business advisers who can help participants shape and pursue their business ownership goals.”

The SBDC-Hilo business advisers help East Hawaii small businesses start, grow and thrive through no-cost business advising, training classes and business research.

Re-Boot will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in UCB Room 127 at University of Hawaii at Hilo. To sign up, visit www.hisbdc.org. For more information, call 933-0776.


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