"Boots to Business" educates veterans
May 28, 2013
Yongsan, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- It is never an easy job to start a business, and the ugly truth is that most new ventures do not survive past five years. To help veterans who are planning to start their own businesses, the Small Business Administration held its Boots to Business workshop May, 15.
The Boots to Business workshop is designed to educate service members and civilians about the basic steps to set up a business.
"This means an opportunity to veterans and civilians," said Robert Hildreth, the administrator of Small Business Administration. "Our service members deserve the help and crucial knowledge that can take them through the business. I think we need more events like this, there are many people who deserve it."
Boots to Business workshop has been held several times before, contributing to the garrison by helping its members' successful transition to other jobs.
"This class is definitely great," said Peter Scott, professor of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. "People here are actively participating to collect the information they need. They talk a lot, and question a lot. I can actually see that they are learning something here. "
People from various fields of work attended the class, learning exactly what they should be aware of when preparing to start a business.
"It was a good experience for me," said Staff Sgt. Tommy Brown, the CBRN NCO of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. "The lecture gave me an opportunity to think about what I should prepare before starting my own business. Also, the professor explained the hardship of being an entrepreneur, so that the students would not be too optimistic about it. Over all, the lecture was great, and I think it should be continuously offered"
For more information about the Boots to Business program, contact Drew Brandt, Transition Services manager, at 738-7322