Program helps veterans, their spouses launch own businesses

Boots to business program held at Southeast MO State Univ.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Veterans and their spouses received a crash course in opening their own business.

The program is called "Boots to Business: Reboot."

Veterans were treated to lunch at Southeast Missouri State University while learning about business concepts and how to form a business plan. There were also introduced to resources like access to start-up money and technical assistance.

An organizer said it's all about making connections.

"One of the best takeaways from workshops like this, whether it's our two-day version of this condensed version, is knowing who you can connect with whenever the time is right to head down an entrepreneurial path," Alan Rohlfing, with the Veteran's Business Resource Center, said. "Whether it's local SPA office, whether it's an organization like mine, the Veterans Business Resource Center, or this Small Business and Technology Development Center, a lot of folks in the space that want to help folks start and grow small business."

About a dozen veterans participated in the class.

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