Minnesota Veterans to Get Free Help Starting in Small Business

Due to an overwhelming response earlier this year, Minnesota’s veterans will soon have another chance to take a free entrepreneurship training course called Boots to Business Reboot (Reboot). Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), with help from several local and national partners, Reboot is a two-step training program that helps veterans learn what it takes and prepares them to dive into business ownership.

Minnesota veterans are invited to take the first step of Reboot at a class held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 & 11, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall 100, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis.

The class in April filled up in just a couple of days so don’t miss your chance!  Register right away.  The two day session is free, but space is limited and registration is required.  Register at:

A third class is being planned for September and will be held at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. More information on that class will be announced soon.

Boots to Business Reboot has been designed specifically for veteran service members and their spouses. In step one of Reboot, veterans will get an overview of business ownership and business plan development, a practical exercise in spotting opportunities and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Veterans who complete this two-day course will then be eligible for step two: an eight-week online Foundations of Entrepreneurship course led by the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

Partnering with the SBA to present the Boots to Business Reboot program are University of St. Thomas, SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, the Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Women’s Business Centers.

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