Boots2Business: An Early View of an SBA Entrepreneurship Outreach Program
In this study we investigate Boots2Business (B2B), a new entrepreneurship program developed in 2012 by the US Small Business Administration in cooperation with several partners. B2B is a program specifically tailored for military service members that are leaving active duty. It is a part of the DOD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The program offers veterans a chance to learn how to start a new business through a two-day workshop followed by an 8-week online course offered through Syracuse University, in cooperation with the SBA. This study offers insights into the program based on first-hand observations, secondary information, and government reports, with an emphasis on the two-day workshop. In addition, we compare and contrast it with three other SBA programs: SBDC, SCORE and SBI. We conclude by discussing the implications of B2B for policy makers and suggesting directions for future research.