Business Training and Workshops
We offer a range of instructor-led courses and workshops specifically tailored to give vetrepreneurs the business skills they need to succeed. We offer everything from business planning to marketing, finance, access to capital, HR and more.
Boots to Business
Boots to Business, our signature program, is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program. The course delivered by our consultants provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and military spouses are eligible to participate.
The program begins with the Introduction to Entrepreneurship, a foundational two-day, in-person course providing attendees with an introductory understanding of business ownership. Optional follow-on courses include “B2B: Revenue Readiness” an online course delivered through a partnership with Mississippi State University (MSU). Participants will receive sign-up information once they complete the in-person introductory course. Boots to Business participants are also encouraged to take advantage of the many resources offered by the SBA and its partner networks such as ours.
Boots to Business Reboot
This one or two-day in-person course is offered off installation for veterans of all eras, service members and their spouses, and provides participants with an overview of business fundamentals, while introducing techniques for evaluating the feasibility of business concepts.
The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading participants through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. Participants are introduced to a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial business concepts and resources available to access start-up capital, technical assistance, contracting opportunities, and more.
Business Counseling and Mentoring
The McNulty Veteran Business Center provides vetrepreneurs access to business counseling and mentoring through our VBOC program from one convenient location. We offer the following support services:
- Business counseling services, one-on one and veteran-to veteran
- Training classes & opportunities
- Business plan development
- Access to market research
- Application assistance for federal and state contracting certification programs
- Free online tools and resources:
- LivePlan, an interactive guide to develop a custom business plan
- IBISWorld, a source for industry market research, reports and statistics
- Referrals to resource partners who offer free business advice and mentoring
- Includes U.S. Small BusinessAdministration’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and Womens Business Centers, (WBC), as well as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).
Business Networking and Outreach Events
Doing business is easier when you know people. So, throughout the year the McNulty Veteran Business Center hosts and partners with other organizations to create opportunities for you to meet with new business connections and other vetrepreneurs. Each of our events bring together different types of business owners as well as industries and support services. Whether it’s making new connections, reconnecting with old friends; the McNulty Veteran Business Center has, or maintains a presence at, networking events to help your business grow.
McNulty Veteran Business Center has made a significant impact in the lives of vetrepreneurs. 2019-2020
But we still have more work to do!
The only criteria for being a client is to be a veteran, military member or military spouse. Our target market in the VBOC coverage region includes NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the USVI. US Dept of Veterans Affairs 2016 data shows the veteran population totals more than 838,000 in NY, 387,000 in NJ, and 197,000 in PR and USVI. 2014 data shows minorities make up 22% of the US veteran population, the largest group being Black (11%), and Hispanic (7%). Women represent 8% of the veteran population.
The McNulty Veteran Business Center has a broad range of cross-organizational partnerships and will continue to work to grow its collaboration with veteran service providers, including SBA resource partners, veteran service organizations, government agencies, public/private partnerships, educational institutions, trade and business associations, and others interested in helping those who have served.