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Boots to Business is a program offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU) in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). It is a three phase training program developed to introduce and train transitioning service members to business ownership. Boots to Business begins during the service members transition from the service (TAP or TAMP) and can continue if the service member decides to self select into phase II and III.

Phase I: 12 minute video introducing military service members to business ownership as a “lifestyle”.
Phase II: 2 day Session and “Introduction to Business Ownership “textbook”.
Phase III: Boots to Business 8 week online “mini” MBA

The Structure of Boots to Business

The program will offer training in the following:

  • Core component parts required to develop a business or nonprofit organizational plan.
  • The interrelationship/interdependency of marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, and human resources required to formulate a business plan for either a “for profit” business or a nonprofit organization.
  • Introductory concepts in entrepreneurship will be covered, such as: idea creation, why the business plan matters, accounting for start-ups, securing financing, marketing on a shoestring budget, and more.
  • Develop and write an objective, cohesive, and integrated business or nonprofit plan.
  • A number of analytical tools, methodologies, and frameworks useful in creating a great business plan.
  • Presenting to prospective investors, lenders, or other financial backers of the proposed business or nonprofit organization.

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