StratPad CEO teaches business planning to military veteran entrepreneurs

StratPad CEO Alex Glassey will be teaching the basics of business planning at Boots to Business: Reboot, an introduction to entrepreneurship for U.S. military veterans in Fort Worth, Texas, July 24-25, 2014. The two-day intensive workshop, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), introduces veterans to the fundamentals of starting and owning a business.

The Fort Worth event is hosted by the Tarrant Small Business Development Centre (SBDC). Joining Alex are program instructors:

  • Robin Lasher, Director of the Tarrant SBDC
  • Jim Broussard, Business Advisor at Tarrant SBDC
  • Larry Kilgore, Senior Vice-President American National Bank of Texas
And others, including a small business attorney/advisor; an angel investors and crowd-funding expert; and representatives of the SBA (both Washington D.C. headquarters and the Dallas District Office)

The SBA-sponsored Boots to Business training program is offered worldwide as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Transition Assistance Program (now called Transition GPS). It is free to U.S. military veterans who are transitioning out of active duty and interested in business ownership. Following the two-day workshop, participants are eligible for Foundations of Entrepreneurship, an eight-week course developed by the Syracuse University Institute For Veteran and Military Families (IVMF).

According to a 2011 study by the SBA Office for Advocacy, veterans are 45% more likely to take the plunge into entrepreneurship compared to general population. Of the 24 million military veterans in the U.S, four million are small business owners.

More: Here’s a great article from Entrepreneur Magazine on how military veterans are finding success in small business.